DOE calls for more SSL projects, plans workshop
The DOE has released a funding opportunity for product development projects for LED and OLED lighting, and is planning a second Voices for SSL Efficiency workshop in Boston.
The DOE is soliciting applications from industrial organizations for high-priority product development activities that will advance the state-of-the-art of SSL used for general lighting applications.
This release marks the fourth DOE SSL Product Development funding opportunity offered in a series expected to span a decade. Product Development projects are designed to develop or improve commercially viable materials, devices, or systems.
Technical activities are to be focused on a targeted market application with fully defined price, efficacy, and other performance parameters necessary for success of the proposed product.
The funding opportunity web page lists six specific areas of interest:
- Internal Quantum Efficiency (IQE)
- Reliability and Defect Physics for Improved Emitter Lifetime and Efficiency
- Phosphors and Conversion Materials
- Extraction Efficiency
- Organic Light Emitter Research - High Efficiency, Low Voltage, High Luminance, Stable Materials and Structures
- Strategies for Improved Light Extraction of OLEDs
Voices for SSL Efficiency workshop
In April 2007, more than 100 attendees gathered in Pasadena to discuss how Federal, State, and private-sector organizations can work together to shape markets for high-performance SSL products.
DOE and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships are co-hosting a second workshop in Boston on July 16-17 for organizations that were unable to attend the Pasadena workshop.
The Boston workshop will again provide a forum for efficiency organizations, utilities, designers, manufacturers, and others to share insights, ideas, and updates on the rapidly evolving SSL market. Subjects will include:
- Emerging SSL markets for general illumination — timing and niches
- Lessons learned from market introduction of compact fluorescent lighting
- DOE's five-year SSL Commercialization Support Plan, including ENERGY STAR®, testing, standards, demonstrations, competitions, and opportunities to participate
- SSL product rollout scenarios — priorities and potential roles for government, industry, utilities, efficiency organizations
- SSL essentials — technology, applications, advantages, disadvantages