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New host materials for a blue phosphorescent OLED boost efficiency by at least 25 percent and help solve “weakest link” in development of cost-effective white OLEDs.
New Materials Boost Efficiency of Blue OLEDs by 25 percent

Lighting consumes one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States. Solid-state lighting offers tremendous potential to improve the situation – once major research challenges are overcome.

The most promising technology is the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED. These multi-layered devices produce light by running an electrical current through a specially engineered host material into which light-producing phosphorescent molecules are embedded or “doped.” The white light envisioned for large-scale applications, such as rooms and buildings, consists of red, green, and blue light.

“The weakest link in OLED research is the absence of an efficient, long-lasting blue light to accompany the red and green,” said Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist Asanga Padmaperuma. Development of better host materials to manage the flow of electricity through the device could help solve that problem.

Padmaperuma and his collegues have designed, synthesized and tested new materials that improve the power efficiency of blue OLEDs by at least 25 percent.

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Powering A Green Economy
As he promised during his campaign, President Obama has laid out a new direction on energy policy with his long-term budget proposal, making polluters pay to reduce global warming pollution, build a green economy, and deliver tax credits to 95 percent of working families.

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On the Hill/Around the Nation

DoD Announces Recovery Act Construction and Repair Projects
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today details of approximately 3,000 military construction and facility improvement projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Dept. of Interior, FERC Move to Resolve Offshore Jurisdiction Issues
Moving to settle a conflict over which government agency has jurisdiction over offshore renewable energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a joint statement confirming their intent to work together to facilitate the permitting of offshore renewable energy projects.

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International News

New Wind-Energy Partnership Sets Sights on 500-MW in SA by 2014
A newly formed South African-European renewable-energy joint venture announced plans on Thursday for the development of 500 MW of wind-energy capacity in South Africa by 2014, and revealed that its first 30-MW venture would be “construction ready” by early 2010.

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Industry News


  • ABB Finds Success on the North Sea Floor
    An ABB-designed system that uses an underwater cable to connect a pump motor on the floor of the North Sea to a frequency converter on an oil platform 31 kilometers away has passed a preliminary test for the Tyrihans oil field, off the coast of Norway. 03/16/09

  • Bulgarian Ministry of Health Selects Agfa HealthCare
    Agfa HealthCare has signed an agreement with the Bulgarian Ministry of Health to implement its Picture Archiving and Communications System, IMPAX™ 6, at four leading sites in Bulgaria. 03/12/09

  • Carestream Signs Major German Contract
    Carestream Health has signed a contract with Diakonische Dienste Hannover (DDH) GmbH and the Röntgenpraxis am Marstall X-ray Clinic for one of its largest PACS installations in Germany. 03/10/09

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Philips Acquires Ilti Luce in Italy
    Philips announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Italy-based Ilti Luce SpA, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting. 03/11/09



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  • NEMA Testifies on S. 598 Appliance Standards Improvement Act of 2009
    In testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, NEMA Vice President for Government Relations Kyle Pitsor supported legislation to improve the operation and efficacy of the federal government’s appliance standards and Energy Star® programs. 03/19/09

  • NEMA Opposes the Misnamed Employee Free Choice Act
    In making the announcement, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis reaffirmed the association's continued support of workers’ rights to private ballots in union elections. 03/12/09

  • NEMA Applauds Senate Efforts to Accelerate Transmission Investment
    As the Senate is set to consider proposals that would help increase the nation’s electric transmission capacity, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has voiced its support of this effort to create a national framework for all transmission facilities. 03/12/09

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