Jim Brodrick, Manager of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Lighting Research and Development program, is responding to the Solid State Lighting (SSL) industry's request for assistance in helping speed the commercialization of new SSL products for general illumination. He says "We have planned a number of commercialization-assistance activities to make certain that the DOE's substantial investment in new SSL technology results in widespread use of these technologies and in large benefits to the US economy." Those activities include ENERGY STAR specifications, technology demonstrations, assistance for development of voluntary codes and standards, development and distribution of technical information and tools, technology procurements, design competitions, and support of training programs.+++++++
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