DOE unveils more details of SSL Testing Program Workshop

A recent workshop revealed details of the US DOE's Commercial Product Testing Program for solid-state lighting products.

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On October 27, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a workshop as part of its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) program to introduce its Commercial Product Testing Program.

Core SSL Program Activities
The workshop provided an overview of the Testing Program, including the product selection process, testing procedures, and dissemination of test results.

The Testing Program plans to select and acquire approximately four products per quarter. Product testing will be performed by independent testing laboratories, and the results and analysis will be shared with manufacturers and published via the Testing Program's web page.

Workshop highlights (reproduced from DOE's website

The workshop, held in Washington, D.C., drew over 40 participants, including representatives from major lighting companies, fixture manufacturers, independent testing laboratories, and energy efficiency organizations. James Brodrick, DOE SSL Program Manager, welcomed the attendees and kicked off the session with an overview of the DOE SSL program mission, efficacy targets, and strategy for guiding SSL technology advances from lab to market.

Brodrick outlined key components of DOE's commercialization support plan, which includes
• development of ENERGY STAR® SSL specifications
• design competitions for SSL systems
• coordination with utility, regional, and national market transformation programs
• technology demonstrations and procurement programs
• consumer and business awareness programs
• technical information resources
• the new SSL Commercial Product Testing Program.

The Testing Program will support DOE planning for SSL R&D and commercialization support activities. It will also provide unbiased, reliable product performance information to the public in the early years of SSL market development, and strengthen test procedures and measurements for SSL products.

At the workshop, Brodrick also announced an upcoming solicitation for Lighting Testing Services, which will secure multiple awards for testing to support the program. More information on the upcoming solicitation will be posted on the DOE SSL website in the coming weeks. Mia Paget from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provided a detailed overview of the DOE SSL Commercial Product Testing Program, including the product selection process, testing procedures, and dissemination of test results (subject to the DOE “No Commercial Use Policy.”).

Paget then discussed the concept of Testing Program Partners, who would help DOE identify potential products for testing, assess market issues, and provide review and comment. Paget concluded with a recap of next steps and a timeline for the Testing Program.

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