Administered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) is an alliance of for-profit lighting manufacturers formed to accelerate solid-state lighting development and commercialization through government-industry partnership. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NGLIA is designed to enhance the manufacturing and commercialization focus of the DOE SSL portfolio and gives DOE access to the expertise of NGLIA’s members, which include Acuity Brands, Corning, Cree, Eye Lighting International, GE, Lumileds, OSRAM, Philips, and Universal Display Corporation. To learn more about the Alliance and membership, see the NGLIA website.
The Department's agreement with NGLIA details specific activities to be jointly conducted in support of DOE's SSL portfolio. The requirements of the MOU align with the directives in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 related to SSL and DOE, specifically the competitive selection of an industry alliance that represents U.S. SSL research, development, infrastructure, and manufacturing expertise.
Alliance members provide input to shape DOE research priorities, assess progress of research activities, and update SSL technology roadmaps. In addition, DOE and the NGLIA agree to work together to:
- Further research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of SSL
- Promote the development of metrics and standards for measurement and utilization of SSL products
- Accelerate the value of SSL technologies with controls, sensors, spectrum change, communication, security and more, and address new applications in human factor testing and specialty lighting
The Alliance brings valuable industry perspective to a wide range of DOE SSL portfolio activities. Alliance task groups provide support and input for annual updates to the DOE Lighting Research Opportunities, and participate in various DOE initiatives. The DOE LED Systems Reliability Consortium developed from a working group under the joint auspices of DOE and NGLIA, is a group of industry experts working collaboratively in an ongoing effort to develop an advanced luminaire reliability model for SSL manufacturers and end users.