DOE Loan Programs Office Offers Funding Opportunity for SSL Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) has announced an opportunity that may be of interest to the solid-state lighting community. The LPO invests in the power of American innovation to accelerate the deployment of innovative clean-energy projects across the U.S. in order to avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. To date, it has supported a large, diverse portfolio of more than US $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments that have covered more than 30 projects nationwide, generating over US $50 billion in total project investment, supporting job creation, cutting pollution, and enhancing American competitiveness in the global economy.
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DOE Offers US $10.5M Funding to Advance SSL Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the competitive selection of nine solid-state lighting (SSL) projects to receive funding, in response to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001364 (“Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2016”). These 18- to 24-month projects will focus on the following existing DOE SSL R&D program areas:
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DOE Awards Three Grants to SSL Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have awarded three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. These Phase I grants will explore the technical merit and commercial potential of different innovative concepts or technologies that are expected to contribute to the achievement of the price and performance goals described in DOE’s SSL R&D Plan.
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DOE Announces Two Lab Funding Opportunities

DOE recently announced two lab funding opportunities, including the DOE’s Technologist in Residence program and The Manufacturing Innovation through Energy and Commerce pilot project.
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Soraa: Color is the Toughest Challenge in SSL

Without a doubt, color rendition is a key subject of fascination – or lament? – among advanced lighting users. A lot of confusion reigns on this topic, for at least one good reason: it’s complicated! Having been fairly involved in the field over the past few years, I’d like to kick off some thoughts.
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Product Formats as Top Ten Challenges for LED Lighting

We have heard it for a while now – “with the advent of LEDs, retrofit lamps are on their way out, and the future belongs to dedicated products such as integrated fixtures”. Today I’d like to take another look at this prediction.
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USGBC and Cree Light Up Zoo with LED Troffers and Educate Kids About SSL

In honor of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, the USGBC North Carolina Chapter and LED innovator, Cree, Inc. upgraded the multipurpose room at the North Carolina Zoo with high-quality and energy-efficient Cree®LED lighting today. During an interactive day of service, local officials joined USGBC NC, Cree and students involved in the Zoo’s Asheboro High School Science Program to install the new Cree lighting and learn how high-performance LED technology supports better, more energy-efficient learning environments.
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DOE Announces New SSL R&D Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D funding opportunity on October 29, 2015. Under this funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001364, “Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D—2016”), a total of up to $10.5 million in funding is directed toward all three existing DOE SSL R&D program areas: 
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DOE Reports Direct AC LED and High-voltage LEDs Important for the Future of SSL

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has forecasted in its annual SSL R&D plan for 2015 that by 2030 approximately 80% of all lighting fixtures in the U.S. will be LED lighting which would result in an annual energy savings of up to 395 TWh, a 60% reduction in electricity consumption, which at a commercial price of $0.10/kilowatt-hour would correspond to an annual savings of US $40 billion.
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Soraa: The Challenge of Flicker in Solid-State Lighting

The last Soraa blog post discussed various consequences of driving LEDs, an inherently DC component, with alternative current. Today,Soraa Chief Scientist Aurelien David takes a closer look at one of the most infamous of these: flicker. Flicker is a hot-button topic these days, and one where LEDs tend to struggle.
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DOE Publishes Updated SSL R&D Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the 2015 edition of the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D Plan. A consolidation of DOE’s SSL Multi-Year Program Plan and SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap of previous years, the new R&D Plan was developed in conjunction with community experts through inputs received at roundtable meetings held in October 2014 and at the DOE SSL R&D Workshop, held in January 2015 in San Francisco. The discussions covered R&D needs for LED and OLED technologies, ranging from core technology research and product development, through manufacturing and applied technology R&D.
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[Update] DOE Invests $8.2M in Nine SSL R&D Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy announced on May 5, 2015 the competitive selection of nine projects for solid-state lighting (SSL), in response to the SSL R&D funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001171. The one- to two-year projects will focus on the areas of Core Technology Research, which involves the application of fundamental scientific concepts to SSL technology; Product Development, which involves using the knowledge gained from basic or applied research to develop or improve commercially viable SSL materials, devices, or systems; and U.S. Manufacturing, which involves accelerating SSL technology adoption through manufacturing innovations and improvements that reduce costs and enhance quality and consistency.
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DOE Announces Selections for SSL R&D Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the competitive selection of nine solid-state lighting (SSL) projects to receive funding, in response to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001171 (“Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D – 2015”). These one- to two-year projects will focus on all three existing DOE SSL R&D program areas:
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Molex SSL Expert Illuminates Path of Empowerment through Light at TEDxBentleyU

Molex Incorporated, a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions, today announced Victor Zaderej will present at a March 28th TEDx event based on the theme Coalescence being hosted by Bentley University, Waltham, MA.
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Dialog Semiconductor Launches New SSL LED Driver

Dialog Semiconductor plc (FWB:DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth(R) Smart technology, today debuted its innovative solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver platform designed to deliver the ultimate in dimmer performance and compatibility with an ultra-low bill of materials (BOM) cost for next-generation LED bulbs. The first LED driver from this new platform - the iW3688 - delivers smooth, flicker and shimmer-free dimming supporting the widest range of phase-cut dimmers. It also enables manufacturers to drive down the manufacturing cost of LED bulbs by using Dialog's patented integrated digital control technology to eliminate more than 20 components, including the external bleeder circuit.
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DOE Releases Report on SSL Adoption in Museums

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new GATEWAY report that summarizes the results of a survey regarding conversions to solid-state lighting in museums. The survey was sent to members of the museum community who had requested a copy of “The Guidelines for Assessing Solid-State Lighting for Museums,” the pivotal resource co-authored by Jim Druzik and Stefan Michalski in 2011.
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DOE Issues SSL Commercial Building Technology Request for Information

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced a request for information (RFI) of interest to the solid-state lighting community. Issued through BTO's Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) Program, the RFI (DE-FOA-0001226) is entitled “High Impact Commercial Building Technology” and can be viewed online.
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Registration Open for DOE 2015 SSL R&D Workshop

We are currently in the midst of a lighting revolution comparable to the days of Edison. SSL technology is evolving at a blistering pace, and innovative new products and features continue to broaden the appeal and energy-saving impact of SSL. (Click here for the event agenda).
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DOE Announces New Grant Topics to Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a funding opportunity on October 27, 2014, for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Topics for this funding opportunity include solid-state lighting. Qualified small businesses with strong research capabilities in science or engineering in any of the research areas sought in the announcement are encouraged to apply.
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Acuity Brands Wins 'Best in Class' Award at NGL SSL Design Indoor Competition

Six Acuity Brands LED and OLED lighting solutions were selected as winners of the 2014 Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Design Indoor Competition, including a prestigious 'Best in Class' award for a new LED luminaire series from Mark Architectural LightingTM. Additionally, Acuity Brands won half of all of the awards in the ‘Emerging’ technologies category with unique LED and OLED luminaires from Winona® Lighting.
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DOE Releases Latest Report on Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting

DOE has published a new report forecasting the energy savings of LED white-light sources compared with conventional white-light sources. The sixth iteration of the Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications compares the annual lighting energy consumption in the U.S. with and without further market penetration of LED lighting. 
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DOE Publishes Updated SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the 2014 edition of the Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Roadmap. The Roadmap complements the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs. One of the goals of the Roadmap is to guide the Manufacturing R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it.
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Traxon Technologies Takes Lighting Control Systems to New Heights with Latest Additions to Control Engine and Software Portfolio

Traxon Technologies, a global leader in solid state lighting and control systems, introduces its Lighting Application Suite 6.1 (LAS 6.1) and two new high performance lighting control servers—Lighting Control Engine 2 (LCE2) and Lighting Control Engine 2 fx (LCE2-fx)—together with a new Butler PRO output engine for running large numbers of DMX512/RDM or e:pix universes. Featuring innovative technology, these important additions to e:cue’s lighting control engine and software portfolio take control systems to new heights. They significantly en...
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LEDs Increase Crop Production by Encouraging Bee Activity

Valoya, a LED grow lights manufacturer, yesterday announced its new research findings that growing tomatoes under artificial lighting can bring additional benefits to the crop. This research was conducted at Plant Research in the Netherlands. The additional benefits were attributed to solid-state lighting (SSL) technology, which found that pollinator bumble bees are very active under this type of lighting. The bees are necessary for the growth of tomatoes. This new study focused on LED light’s effects on bee activity. When the LED lighting was turned on, bees...
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Interview with Louis Lam, President & CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Asia

LEDinside conducted an interview with Mr. Louis Lam, President & CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Asia Ltd, who shed light on the role OSRAM plays in the global LED, solid-state lighting and LED lighting industries and OSRAM’s strategy regarding the Asian and Chinese markets. Quality and R&D is the Key to Making Inroads into Global SSL Market In regard to OSRAM-OS’s new Wuxi plant, a lot of people in the industry are curious about the Wuxi plant’s role (packaging, assembly, and applications) and the c...
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Chinese Government Publishes the Demonstration Project Bid Award list of Solid State Lighting Applications, Raising Expectations for Its LED Domestic Market

Chinese Government Publishes the Demonstration Project Bid Award list of Solid State Lighting Applications, Raising Expectations for Its LED Domestic Market The Chinese central government has recently held a large-scale open bidding for LED lighting products. The National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Housing, and Urban-Rural Development Commission and Ministry of Transport conducted the tender evaluation together and published the bid award list on November 24th, 2010. 
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Worldwide LED adoption in SSL is predicted to reach US$497 million in 2010

It is estimated that the consumption value of LED which is used in SSL (solid state general lighting) reached US$497 million worldwide in 2010, and in 2019, the figure would go up to US$9.2 billion. In 2010, the LED applying in exterior general lighting such as the street, parking-lot, roadway-tunnels, bridges, landscaping, pool/fountain, buildings, architectural and other general lighting would account for 93% in the worldwide consumption. Looking into 2019, the share would decrease to 58.8% but the value would increase to US$5.4 billion.
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DOE Released Round 8 Results for CALiPER Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the results of Round 8 of product testing through its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) CALiPER program.
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2009 Lighting for Tomorrow — Possible Shift to Only SSL

The 2009 Lighting for Tomorrow (LFT) competition is to take place May 14-15. OnSpeX, a division of CSA Group and a global provider of consumer product performance evaluations, inspections and advisory services is hosting the judging event for the competition at its testing facility in Cleveland, Ohio, the U.S.
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Osaka First LED Street Lights Using Philips LUXEON LEDs

Philips Lumileds announced the first street lights in Osaka, Japan has been lit by its LUXEON power LEDs, This reflects the emergence of solid-state lighting as an energy-efficient alternative to street lamps using standard light sources.
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