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omb -- Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Advance Innovative, Energy-Saving Lighting Technologies

Posted: 09 Dec 2013 08:21:13
As part of cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity
by 2030, the Energy Department announced December 6 nearly $10
million to support research, development, and manufacturing of
solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country.  This
funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality
light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode
(OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use
for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S.
global competitiveness.

Based on the Energy Department’s recent report on the adoption of
Department-supported research and development over the past 10
years has helped accelerate SSL technology deployment, yielding
an energy savings of $675 million in 2012. Today, available LED
technology is about 150 lumens per watt; the Energy Department’s
target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75% increase. Higher performing
LEDS will help further reduce overall costs and increase lighting

Today’s funding opportunity is open to applications in the
following areas:

 - Core Technology Research – The Energy Department will fund
projects seeking to advance applied research for technology
development, with an emphasis on meeting efficacy, performance,
and cost targets.
  -  Product Development – The Energy Department will fund
projects seeking to use basic or applied research to develop or
improve commercially viable SSL materials, devices, or systems.
  -  U.S. Manufacturing – The Energy Department will fund
projects seeking to accelerate SSL technology adoption through
manufacturing innovations and improvements that reduce costs and
enhance quality and consistency.

The Department will make available up to $10 million for projects
from industry, academia, and national labs. More information,
application requirements, and instructions can be found on the
EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website

The Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
(EERE) (http://www.eere.energy.gov/) accelerates development and
facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy
technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S.
energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.
For more information on EERE's Solid-State Lighting Program,
visit the Solid-State Lighting website


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