The initial patents on this technology were filed by UCC in 2003 with subsidiary applications in 2007 and 2011 from research funded from national and European sources, including Enterprise Ireland.
UCC patents protect a unique shape of LED, which maximises the efficiency of the light which can be generated from one of our LEDs – the angle at which light emerges from an LED is very wide. So it isn’t collimated. It spreads out. This is known as aperture. The wider it is the more difficult to focus the light, thus some light is “lost”. Also typically LED devices lose light internally as it never escapes from the chip due to what’s known as internal reflection…the light bounces around inside the substrate and never emerges. UCC technology overcomes that better than competitors. This means (1) more light out, (2) more collimated.
InfiniLED was housed initially in the Tyndall’s Lee Mills House unit where they have some dedicated company space for industry partners in their research domain. They moved to a city centre premises as it expanded.
InfiniLED also established an access agreement with Tyndall National Institute to allow it to leverage technical facilities in Tyndall to support the company R&D effort.
InfiniLED received investment in 2012 & 2015 from private sources.
UCC retained its minority shareholding in the company, diluted with each investment.