Tianjin Economic Development Area becomes China's first LED City

TEDA and Tianjin Polytechnic University have collaborated with LED maker Cree to create an extensive LED streetlighting installation in mainland China.

Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA) has joined the LED City(TM) program founded by LED maker Cree. TEDA joins Raleigh and Ann Arbor in the US and Toronto, Canada, in the program.

Over the past two years, TEDA partnered with Tianjin Polytechnic University in a large, student-produced LED street lighting project. Twenty graduate students, directed by Professor Pingjuan Niu, designed, produced and installed approximately 1,500 LED streetlights. These innovative LED fixtures were installed more than a year ago to illuminate 15 kilometers along the university's streets.

"On behalf of TEDA, I am excited to announce our participation in helping to advance the adoption of energy efficient and environmentally sound LED lighting in China," noted Ai Yaming, TEDA vice chairman. "In addition to the energy and cost benefits, TEDA and the Tianjin Polytechnic University support the development and manufacturing of high-quality LED fixtures in our region for even greater economic benefit."

Pingjuan Niu, professor of the solid-state lighting R&D center at Tianjin Polytechnic University, described LED technology as the most important new development for energy and cost savings in the lighting industry.

"Our university, its students and TEDA are developing expertise in making the best quality LED lighting with the intent to help accelerate the adoption of LED lighting in China and to increase the economic opportunity for our region," she said. "We are especially proud of our initial successes and participation in the international LED City initiative with Cree."

The LED City program is an international initiative to promote and deploy energy-efficient LED lighting. TEDA is the first city area in China to join a rapidly growing consortium of cities in evaluating and deploying LED lighting technology across their municipal infrastructures.

"We are excited to launch the LED City program in China by welcoming TEDA as our newest participant," noted Chris James, Cree vice president of marketing. "We encourage other Chinese cities and universities to join with these innovators to help us work to significantly reduce the amount of energy used for lighting throughout the world and to accelerate the adoption of this new technology through innovative design and manufacturing here in China."

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