LED, OLED Lighting Tech Awarded Fed Dollars

Solid-state lighting technologies like LEDs and OLEDs spell the future of energy efficient lighting, but they’ve still got some hurdles to face in terms of widespread adoption. Now, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $15 million to support eight new research and development projects aimed at accelerating the rate of LED and OLED development and deployment, with the overall goal of decreasing the nation’s energy usage.

Funding will go to selected projects in four states focused on advancing core R&D goals, developing new products, and expanding domestic manufacturing capacity to help the U.S. remain competitive in the growing market for LEDs and OLEDs. The areas of focus for these projects are core technology research, product development and solid state lighting manufacturing.

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Recipients of funding through the program include Arizona State University (AZ), Research Triangle Institute (NC), Soraa (CA), University of Rochester (NY), Cree (CA), Philips Lumileds Lighting Company (CA), Moser Baer Technologies (NY), and Veeco Instruments (NY).

This is the seventh such round of DOE funding for solid-state lighting core technology research and product development, and the second time that DOE has funded solid-state lighting manufacturing projects. More information is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.