The purpose of the DOE grant of more than $590,000 to the NCMS, based in AnnArbor, Michigan, is to develop a sustainable design and manufacturing strategy that addresses product use, recycling and disposal scenarios for LED-based lighting.
In conjunction with ilumisys, NCMS plans to build collaborations for applied research and development that implement sustainable design practices into LED lighting products. Support activities include program technical and management services, including activities that will complement existing DOE efforts.
“Many companies are beginning to design and manufacture solid-state lighting, but there is no acknowledged set of best practices for lamp and luminaire design,” said Dave Simon, president of ilumisys. “This partnership, which addresses not just the complete end-use product but also the recycling and disposal issues, is a huge step for LED lighting.”
“We are going to take a very systems-level approach to help guide product decisions such as material selection, fastening methods, and manufacturing methods to help ensure that finished products using LED technology have a truly beneficial effect on carbon footprint and other environmental issues,” Simon added.