DOE releases updated multi-year plan for SSL R&D

April 9, 2009
The updated plan describes how the Department of Energy will spend the US government’s money to develop solid state lighting.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the March 2009 edition of its Multi-Year Program Plan FY2009-FY2015; Solid-State Lighting Research and Development.
Congressional Appropriation for SSL Portfolio, 2003-2009 The report provides a description of the activities the Department plans to undertake in the period of FY2009 through FY2015 to implement its SSL mission.

The PDF file of the updated Plan can be downloaded from the DOE’s SSL program website.

The document reviews significant R&D accomplishments in 2008, a new lighting competition announcement, and a recap of several major DOE-led government-industry meetings.

Additionally, the document provides information on current portfolio and funding opportunities, as well as an update on Congressional Appropriations for SSL as of March 2009. Funding of around $25 million is expected for FY 2009 - see graph.

Significant updates to the Technology Research and Development Plan include:

  • revised definitions of components of a solid-state lighting luminaire to comply with IES standards
  • a greater emphasis on luminaire issues in product development for both LEDs and OLEDs
  • revised task structure and new priorities for core and product development tasks for both LEDs and OLEDs
  • an updated list of technical, cost, and market barriers.
The Department will continue to update the Multi-Year Plan on a regular basis to incorporate new analyses, progress, and new research priorities as science evolves.