Energy Department Announces New Funding to Support U.S. Efficient Lighting Manufacturing

November 29, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced up to $11 million in new funding to support research, development, and commercialization of solid-state lighting (SSL) manufacturing technologies. The Department will select up to six projects that will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses and ensure that the United States remains competitive globally.

SSL technologies like LEDs and OLEDs are about ten times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lighting and can last up to 25 times longer than traditional lighting technologies. The projects selected to receive funding will help reduce the cost of SSL products and expand technological expertise in high-quality SSL manufacturing and deployment. This funding builds on the Department's broader efforts to strengthen U.S. leadership in clean energy manufacturing and deployment.

The Department is seeking SSL manufacturing R&D projects that will achieve significant cost reductions through improvements in manufacturing processes or monitoring techniques. The funding opportunity is open to applications in the following areas:

  • LED Luminaire/Module Manufacturing
  • LED Test and Inspection Equipment
  • OLED Deposition Equipment
  • OLED Materials Manufacturing.

View the complete SSL U.S. Manufacturing funding opportunity. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

The Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) 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 Web site.