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

December 06, 2013

As part of cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced 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 LEDs, 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 efficiency.

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) 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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