DOE Reveals 2016 SSL R&D Plan

DOE has published the 2016 edition of the Solid-State Lighting R&D Plan. It was developed in conjunction with community experts through input received at roundtable meetings held in September and October 2015 and at the DOE SSL R&D Workshop held in February 2016 in Raleigh, NC. The discussions covered R&D needs for LED and OLED technologies, ranging from core technology research and product development through manufacturing R&D.

Widely referenced by industry and government both here and abroad, the R&D Plan reflects SSL stakeholder inputs on key R&D topics that will improve efficacy, reduce cost, remove barriers to adoption, and add value of LED and OLED lighting solutions over the next three to five years, and discusses those applications that drive and prioritize the specific R&D.

While the entire R&D Plan was updated with the latest figures, some revisions were more extensive than others. Among the more noteworthy changes are revised discussions of global adoption of SSL technology, challenges and opportunities in connected lighting, and OLED market and technology developments over the past year; an updated efficiency breakdown and projections for phosphor-converted, hybrid, and direct LED color-mixed white-light approaches; and new prioritized research topics that include LED power supplies, physiological responses to light, core research into OLED fabrication technologies, and development of integrated OLED light engines.

Download a PDF of the 2016 SSL R&D Plan.

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