Energy Department Boosts Efficient Lighting with $10 Million Funding

June 18, 2014

The Energy Department on June 13 announced nine research and development projects that will receive nearly $10.5 million in funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. Cost-share contributions will make a total public-private investment of more than $13.7 million. The projects 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 U.S. families.

The nine selected to receive funding include a project by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aimed at improving the heat-conducting properties of the phosphor used in LEDs, which will increase light output and reduce costs. It also includes a project by Cree, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, developing a new low-cost, high-efficiency LED structure by modifying the manufacturing process to reduce processing time and waste. This is the ninth round of the Department's investments in solid-state lighting core technology research and product development.

LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, whereas OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials; both are about ten times more energy-efficient than conventional incandescent lighting. See the Energy Department news release and the Energy Department SSL website .