DOE publishes updated SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap and 2011 Workshop Report

July 25, 2011
Date Announced: 25 Jul 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy has published the 2011 edition of the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Manufacturing R&D Roadmap, and has posted the summary report from the third annual SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop, which was held in Boston April 12–13. Complementing the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs, the Roadmap's primary goal is to guide the manufacturing R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it. The Roadmap also provides guidance for equipment and material suppliers, based on industry consensus on the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing—thereby reducing risk, improving quality, increasing yields, and lowering costs. Like the Roadmap, the workshop is a key component of an initiative launched by DOE in 2009 to enhance the quality and lower the cost of SSL products through improvements in manufacturing equipment and processes and to foster a significant manufacturing role in the U.S. This year in Boston, more than 250 workshop attendees explored a wide range of related topics and focused on re-examining and updating the Roadmap, a task that is carried out annually. One of the main ways the 2011 Roadmap differs from the 2010 version is in more tightly focusing priorities on a smaller number of tasks, due to budget constraints. In addition, cost estimates have been brought up to date, and certain discussions from the 2010 version have been clarified and expanded upon. To download a PDF copy of the updated Roadmap, see A PDF copy of the workshop report may be downloaded from the DOE SSL Web site at

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