The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and OLEDWorks have announced 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.
OLEDWorks is using research and development funding of US$100,645 from NYSERDA to develop the white and amber OLED prototype and then quantify the benefits of the lighting with Highland Hospital.
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.
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."
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."