A company based in North Wales has been awarded £454,000 by the Government-backed Carbon Trust to develop its OLED technology, which the company claims could reduce energy consumption by 60% over that used by existing light sources.
Lomox Limited – the firm awarded with the grant, is hoping to lower production costs of OLED panels while increasing both the efficiency and size of the panels.
As well as light-emitting wallpaper, Lomox plans to make flexible screens that can be taken into meetings and rolled up after use and outdoor lighting.
“Lighting is a major producer of carbon emissions” said Mark Williamson, Director of Innovations at the Carbon Trust. “This technology has the potential to produce ultra-efficient lighting for a wide range of applications, tapping into a huge global market.”
Lomox isn’t the first to come up with the idea of light-emitting wallpaper. In 2007, Jonas Samson designed and submitted a luminescent wallpaper project as part of his final-year postgraduate degree. Samson admitted his creation wouldn’t be cheap, though, with a basic “starting price” of 6,000 euros.