$8 Million Invested in Efficient Lighting R&D by Energy Department

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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:55 pm | Updated: 8:17 pm, Sat Jul 15, 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Energy Department has announced funding for seven R&D projects that will support key scientific advancements in solid-state lighting technology. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode and organic light-emitting diode lighting products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses by using less electricity than products currently in use, and ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in SSL innovation.

Solid-state lighting has contributed to more than $2.8 billion in U.S. energy cost savings over the past 15 years, and further SSL technology advances will increase those savings even more in the years to come. By 2035, SSL could reduce national lighting electricity use by 75 percent, which would equate to the total energy consumed by 45 million American homes today and could save American families and businesses $50 billion annually, not to mention add jobs and boost the economy.

Department-funded R&D will foster technology breakthroughs to unlock new levels of SSL performance and energy savings, and to strengthen the position of U.S. SSL technology leadership. In total, the seven selected projects will receive $8 million and will make a cost-share contribution for a total public-private investment of over $10 million, as they help to further reduce the cost and improve the quality of SSL products.

A full list of recipients is available here.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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