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Energy Department Announces $4 Million Solicitation for Solid-State Lighting Research

August 29, 2005 - 2:46pm

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Technology has Potential to Double Lighting Efficiency in U.S., Lowering Energy Bills

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a $4 million solicitation for research into solid-state lighting (SSL) that has the potential to create light with virtually no heat and double the efficiency of general lighting systems, saving energy costs for consumers and reducing lighting’s environmental impact. Core SSL technologies include light-emitting diodes (LEDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light-emitting polymers.

"Solid-state lighting advances have the potential to greatly reduce energy consumption in U.S. buildings," said Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman. "This research supports the President’s commitment to increase energy efficiency and conservation, key aspects of America’s overall energy strategy."

Breakthroughs in LED and OLED technologies are catalyzing advances in solid-state lighting leading to better quality, more energy-efficient white-light sources that could ultimately replace many incandescent and fluorescent lamps. SSL sources are already replacing conventional technologies in automobile brake lights, traffic signals, exit signs and flashlights.

The solid-state lighting core technology research solicitation announced today seeks to advance the development of SSL technologies that can compete in the general illumination market and deliver significant energy savings, as part of DOE’s strategy to guide energy-efficient SSL technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. Core technology research, conducted primarily by academia, national laboratories, and research institutions, involves scientific research efforts to seek more comprehensive knowledge or understanding to fill technology gaps, provide enabling knowledge and data, and represent a significant advance in our knowledge base.

Solid-state lighting differs fundamentally from today's lighting technologies. Its unique attributes drive the need for a coordinated approach that encompasses research, development and strategies for technology commercialization support. DOE’s design competitions and ENERGY STAR™ labeling of SSL products will help to ensure that DOE research investments lead to SSL technology commercialization.

DOE is also working with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association; the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, an organization of lighting manufacturers that provides input to enhance the manufacturing and commercialization focus of DOE’s portfolio; and other organizations to begin the standards development process for new SSL products.

The solicitation closes October 18, 2005. More information about this solicitation is available on the web at www.netl.doe.gov/ssl/.

Media contact:
Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806

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