Solid-state lighting, which uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of incandescent bulbs, has the potential to be ten times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting.
Lighting accounts for approximately 24 percent of total U.S. electricity use. However, by 2030, the development and widespread deployment of cost-effective solid-state lighting could reduce electricity use for lighting by one-third nationally. The 17 projects selected include funding for solid-state lighting core research, product development, and domestic manufacturing.
“The United States must lead in energy efficiency. These solid-state lighting projects will help us significantly cut our energy use, reduce our carbon footprint, and save money,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “This funding will also support the United States as a global leader in this rapidly evolving industry, creating high-tech, value-added jobs.”
The 17 solid-state lighting (SSL) awards will be leveraged with nearly $28.5 million in additional private industry investment, for a total project value of more than $66 million. Projects have been selected in the following three areas:
- Core Technology Research ($4 million) – Three projects will focus on advancing the technical knowledge base of solid-state lighting for general lighting purposes. The projects will target improved efficiency and performance with reduced costs, which are all critical to the widespread deployment of solid-state lighting.
- Product Development ($10.3 million) – Six projects will support the development and improvement of a commercially viable solid-state lighting source, component, or integrated lighting product. This activity will promote the market introduction of viable SSL products.
- SSL Manufacturing ($23.5 million) – Eight projects will focus on achieving significant cost reductions and enhanced quality by improving manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. These projects will address the technical challenges that must be overcome before prices fall to a level where solid-state lighting will be competitive with existing lighting on a first-cost basis.
This is the sixth round of DOE funding for solid-state lighting core technology research and product development, and the first time that the DOE has funded solid-state lighting manufacturing projects. This expanded focus is part of a new DOE initiative to accelerate the adoption of SSL technology through manufacturing improvements that reduce costs and improve quality. These efforts will also play an important role in encouraging U.S.-based manufacturing of solid-state lighting technologies, creating jobs and promoting America’s role as a global leader in energy efficiency.
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