NYSERDA AND OLEDWorks Announce Research on Energy Saving Lighting to Benefit Healthcare Industry

Rochester Company to Develop New Lighting Prototype in Conjunction With Highland Hospital that Does Not Disrupt Sleep Patterns of Patients

April 05, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and OLEDWorks LLC announced today that OLEDWorks is developing a new lighting prototype with support from NYSERDA that would save energy and not disrupt sleep patterns for patients in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. OLEDWorks will collaborate with Highland Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, which has formed a team of doctors and nurses to provide feedback on the innovative white and amber OLED lighting system.

This project advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by accelerating the pace of energy innovation. OLED lights provide low glare, are energy efficient, and produce little to no heat. They are five times more efficient than incandescent bulbs, meet or exceed the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs and are competitive with non-organic LED bulbs in certain applications.

OLEDWorks is using research and development funding of $100,645 from NYSERDA to develop the white and amber OLED prototype and then quantify the benefits of the lighting with Highland Hospital.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, "This project is an example of the State's investment in promising new product development under Governor Cuomo. As a catalyst in the clean energy marketplace, NYSERDA helps innovators like OLEDWorks build businesses that deliver needed products and services, and build a vibrant cleantech community in the State."

Today's announcement complements "Finger Lakes Forward," a comprehensive blueprint to generate economic growth by building upon the region's recent progress and investing in key industries, including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. An historic $500 million State investment in the Finger Lakes region through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015, is leveraging more than $2.5 billion in private investment, creating thousands of jobs and providing the basis to create a highly successful and diverse 21st century economy. More information is available at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/finger-lakes.

An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) light bulb is composed of thin organic layers sandwiched between two electrodes. When electrical current is applied, charge carriers are injected into the organic layers, which emit visible light.

Amber OLEDs are free of blue wavelengths found in regular LEDs that are known to disrupt sleep patterns. The new lighting technology is beneficial to hospitals because the amber lighting will not wake patients, allowing for better sleep. The new lighting technology supports New York State's energy efficiency goal of reducing energy consumption in buildings by 23 percent.

Giana Phelan, Director of Business Development for OLEDWorks said, "The superb light quality of OLED can enhance the lighting experience in a wide range of medical applications. OLEDWorks is privileged to work with the excellent team at Highland Hospital to identify and test where OLED lighting can be most impactful."

Mike Zanghi, Director of Facilities for Highland Hospital said, "Highland Hospital is pleased to work with OLEDWorks on this important project to find cost-effective and clinically effective lighting solutions for patient care areas. Lighting is one of the biggest electricity users in a hospital - reducing cost and improving the patient experience is a win-win."

OLEDWorks has received five grants to help improve performance and reduce the high costs of OLED lighting manufacturing, which will provide affordable, high-quality products to help grow the emerging OLED market. In total, OLEDWorks received $1.68 million from NYSERDA and $3 million from the Department of Energy over the past three years. OLEDWorks is a leader in the development and production of affordable and innovative organic light-emitting diode lighting solutions. OLEDWorks is the only U.S.-based OLED light engine and panel manufacturer.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV places clean, locally produced power at the core of New York's energy system which protects the environment and supports the State's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent while generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY-Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and includes a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY or follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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