Innovative Lamps: EIB Supports Osram with Research Loan

The programme concerns the R&D activities carried out in the field of opto-semiconductors for LEDs in the visible as well as invisible light spectrum. (Source: Osram)

The programme concerns the R&D activities carried out in the field of opto-semiconductors for LEDs in the visible as well as invisible light spectrum. (Source: Osram)

The European Investment Bank EIB is participating in the financing of research and development in the field of opto-semiconductors, by lending over 200 million euro to Osram GmbH. EIB Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer welcomed the company’s contribution to Europe’s competitiveness: “Osram is not only improving its own position in international competition but is also helping considerably to strengthen Europe as an innovative and technologically pioneering continent through qualifications and networking.”

The use of energy-efficient lighting in Europe has grown rapidly over the past few years, largely as a result of EU legislation, which since 2009 has imposed a shift from the use of traditional light bulbs to low-energy solid-state lighting products. These opto-semiconductors for light-emitting diodes and organic LEDs will be key to energy-saving and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions.

Osram is focussing its R&D activities on opto-semiconductors for LEDs in the visible as well as invisible light spectrum and also on OLEDs. As part of its research activities, the company also aims to improve its technology basis through new patents and new products. Accordingly, bespoke lighting solutions for different fields and applications are to be developed for the general lighting sector and also for special sectors such as the automotive industry.

“Whether for the LED lighting of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine chapel or OLEDs for the rear lights of a car, Osram already plays a leading role in the new lighting technologies. Around 40 % of our turnover is generated with LED-based products and solutions, and at the same this area accounts for well above half of our R&D expenditure. The EIB loan will help us to consolidate our technological lead even further”, stated Osram’s CFO Klaus Patzak. (Source: EIB)

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