News in brief: DOE, LLF, Carmanah, Bivar

DOE has a new CALiPER report, LLF has received $16.5 million in funding, Carmanah has an order from Singapore and Bivar has a new lighting business unit.

DOE announces CALiPER report and annual workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed Round 3 of product testing through the DOE Solid-State Lighting (SSL) CALiPER Program. A Summary Report containing the results from Round 3 testing is now available for download on the DOE SSL website.

The 2008 DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop will be held January 29-31, 2008 in Atlanta, GA. The annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop provides a forum for lighting industry leaders, fixture manufacturers, product development managers, researchers, technology planners, academia, trade associations, lighting designers, energy efficiency organizations, and utilities to share insights and updates on technology advances and market opportunities.

LED Lighting Fixtures raises $16.5 million

LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. has raised $16.5 million in an equity financing round which was lead by Digital Power Capital LLC, a Wexford Capital fund. LLF plans to use the proceeds to significantly expand its product line and accelerate research and development efforts.

Mark Mills, Founding Partner of Digital Power Capital, said, “We are deeply impressed with the comprehensive intellectual property, in addition to the technology savvy and remarkably capable team at LLF. Our fund is interested in companies that are leaders of change for power conversion in the 21st century, especially where emerging technologies provide both efficiency and inherently superior qualities. LLF is clearly at the epicenter of this transformation and will likely change the lighting industry.”

Carmanah supplies LED lights to Singapore

Carmanah Technologies has received an order valued at around CAN$600,000 to supply solar-powered portable airfield LED lights for use throughout the Republic of Singapore. The lights will support emergency preparedness efforts by providing the capability to quickly install complete airfield lighting systems, wherever required. With no trenching or cabling required, a two-person crew can install a fully operational 5,000 ft. runway in one hour or less.

Bivar forms lighting business unit

Bivar has formed the Engineered Illumination Business Unit, which is dedicated to providing highly efficient Solid State Lighting (SSL) for a variety of industrial applications. The initial focus will be on products designed for Directional Lighting used in a defined group of industrial applications including kiosk, vending, enclosures, refrigerated cabinets, instrumentation, transportation equipment, and industrial machinery and controls.

“OEM’s are accelerating their transition from traditional lighting to SSL solutions across industrial markets and applications,” explains, Michael Finn, Bivar’s VP of Strategic Business Development. “We are addressing the growing demand for improved ways to light existing products, and the evolutional need for application-specific configurations to illuminate new products. With our dedicated business unit, Bivar is now poised to deliver innovative SSL solutions to a broad spectrum of vertical markets.”

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