DOE workshops create tools to build a strong SSL industry

The latest DOE workshop in Portland, OR, continued the invaluable job of communicating DOE’s SSL program goals to the industry, reports BRIAN OWEN.

You need the right tools to do the job right. In the case of the Solid State Lighting (SSL) program run by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the workshop series has been responsible for the education of the industry, providing the tools that are necessary to deliver a strong SSL program, under the direction of Jim Brodrick, Master Craftsman. This review, which is timely because it leads up to the launch of Energy Star for SSL on September 30, 2008, will recognize the DOE for its efforts in providing an extremely valuable workshop series to the industry, including both developers and manufacturers, as well as potential buyers and specifiers of SSL.

I have been fortunate to attend the three most recent DOE SSL workshops, which have been personally interesting, productive and rewarding. The events were the “Voices for SSL Efficiency” workshops (July 2007 in Boston, MA, and July 2008 in Portland, OR), and the “Fifth Annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop” in January 2008 in Atlanta, GA. The two events in 2008 each had more than 300 attendees.

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DOE and NGLIA advocate quality in SSL

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This article was published in the September/October 2008 issue of LEDs Magazine.

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