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Posted on January 18, 2012 by  & 

Printed Electronics: The hot topics

On April 3-4 IDTechEx is hosting its 8th annual Printed Electronics Europe event in Berlin, Germany The event focuses on the commercialisation of printed electronics, with adopters from many verticals discussing their needs and experiences.
Also covered in the 100+ speaker program are the hottest technology topics. Experts from industry and academia will present their work followed by panel debate and discussion. Sessions include the following topics, reflecting some of the most important topics in the industry today.

OLED versus LED lighting

It has taken twenty years for LED lighting to become 3% of the $80 Billion global lighting market, but it is now exponentially growing, appearing in everything from car headlights to home lighting to street lighting.
What is the impact on OLED lighting? Will those in OLED lighting achieve efficiencies, yields and lifetimes fast enough before LED becomes ingrained? Printing is already being applied to LED lighting for connectors and even printing LEDs themselves. Others are mounting LEDs on flexible substrates. But will the thermal problems restrict the applicability of LED lighting on flexible substrates, paving the way for OLED lighting there? Who is investing in OLED lighting manufacturing? Hear the lighting developers debate the topic at this event, covering opportunities for printed electronics in both LED and OLED lighting.

The energy storage gold rush

Battery technology had progressed incredibly slowly over the last 100 years compared to other electronics and electrics. Now the development of energy storage technology has accelerated - due to government stimulus and industry demand for electric vehicles, local energy storage for renewable energy geenration, the smart grid, long life energy storage for consumer electronics, and powering printed electronics components.
Printed materials and laminar films have many opportunities in energy storage - including printed batteries but also beyond that - improving conventional batteries, capacitors and supercapacitors - even those that scale up to the sizes of cars. Hear about the market needs, opportunity and technology progress at this event.

Replacing ITO

Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is still about 95% of the $3.5 billion transparent conductive film market. Indium is subject to supply restriction and its price has varied by a magnitude in the last ten years. It is required primarily for photovoltaics, displays and touch screen applications - enormous markets.
Alternatives to ITO include transparent organic materials, finely printed conductive mesh, and other ways of patterning metal 'strands'. Some even use copper rather than silver to reduce cost. Others are progressing carbon nanotubes and graphene as a viable alternative. Do all these choices have a market and what is their opportunity? Contrast the specifications - including hearing from those using ITO - to piece together the opportunity at this event.
These are just some of the highlighted topics that will be aired at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event.
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Posted on: January 18, 2012

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