Sustainability Spotlight: DOE Recognizes R&D Achievements in Energy-Saving Lighting Technology
February 16, 2012
At its ninth annual SSL R&D workshop, "Transformations in Lighting," held from Jan. 31–Feb. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) recognized six research and development (R&D) project teams, from companies and learning institutions, for their achievements in advancing the science and technology of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
The three-day event was attended by researchers, manufacturers, academic leaders, and government professionals interested in keeping up-to-date on the latest solid-state lighting technology developments. The agenda focused on the understanding of technology issues and trends, lessons learned from the products on the market today, and a look towards future lighting solutions.
The DOE recognized the following organizations for significant breakthroughs and achievements in 2011:
- Cree, Inc., was recognized for developing an LED that enables a new, high-efficiency power supply architecture to improve overall lighting system efficacy.
- Osram Sylvania was recognized for its work developing an LED replacement for 2' x 2' fluorescent fixtures that has achieved extremely high energy efficiency.
- Philips Lighting was recognized for its efforts to develop a family of LED drivers that are smaller, cheaper, and more efficient.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was recognized for its efforts towards improving the color rendering of LEDs.
- Universal Display Corporation was recognized for completing two pre-prototype undercabinet phosphorescent OLED systems that have achieved high efficiency levels.
- White Optics was recognized for developing a composite coating to optimize the light output of SSL systems by maximizing reflection.
To read the DOE's recent “Energy Savings Potential of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications” report, visit http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/ssl_energy-savings-report_jan-2012.pdf