Universal Display (UDC), a developer of energy-efficient lighting with PHOLED technology, and Acuity Brands, an energy saving lighting and control systems developer, have secured a $2m grant from US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop energy-efficient and color-tunable PHOLED lighting system.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Xlerator grant aims to facilitate the collaboration for accelerating the development and market introduction of energy saving OLED lighting for commercial and institutional applications.

Under this contract, Acuity will design general-purpose lighting system prototypes for commercial spaces, including office, retail and healthcare buildings, making use of several key attributes of UDC’s PHOLED panels – including a thin, sleek form factor and quality of light.

Through this project, Universal Display hopes to develop a PHOLED luminary technology system in partnership with Acuity Brands that will result in energy savings and reduced environmental impacts, such as lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Universal Display president and CEO Steven Abramson said that the company is very appreciative of this continued support from the US Department of Energy and this opportunity to partner with Acuity Brands Lighting, a world-leading manufacturer of lighting systems and solutions.

“By teaming with Acuity Brands Lighting under this program we believe that we can, together, accelerate the development and commercial introduction of PHOLED lighting systems,” Abramson said.