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Secretary Chu Announces Almost
$15 Million for Energy-Efficient Lighting

by Staff
Clean Edge News, June 8, 2011

The lights at the True Value Distribution Center burned enough energy to power hundreds of homes. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced nearly $15 million to support eight new research and development projects that will accelerate the development and deployment of solid-state lighting technologies like LEDs and OLEDs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light- emitting diodes (OLEDs) have the potential to be more energy- efficient than conventional incandescent lighting and can reportedly last up to 25 times as long. The projects selected are located in four states across the country and are focused on advancing core R&D goals, developing new products, and expanding domestic manufacturing capacity to help the U.S. remain competitive in this market.

The projects selected address a broad spectrum of research, development, and deployment for solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies and will leverage an additional $4 million in private sector funding.

Projects have been selected in the following three areas:

Core Technology Research ($4.3 million) - These projects will focus on filling technology gaps in LED and OLED development, improving scientific knowledge, and providing performance data for these technologies.

Product Development ($3.6 million) - These projects will help develop and improve cost-effective, high-performing, commercially viable solid-state lighting materials, devices, and systems. SSL Manufacturing ($6.9 million) - These projects will focus on achieving cost reductions and enhanced quality by improving manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. These projects will address the technical challenges that must be overcome to make LEDs and OLEDs cost-competitive with other lighting options. This is the seventh round of DOE funding for solid-state lighting core technology research and product development, and the second time that DOE has funded solid-state lighting manufacturing projects. These efforts are part of DOE's initiative to accelerate the adoption of SSL technology through improvements that reduce costs and enhance product quality and performance.

Secretary Chu Announces Almost $15 Million for Energy-Efficient Lighting
Clean Edge News, June 8, 2011

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