DOE Invests in 8th Round of SSL-based Research

Aug 12, 2011 The US Department of Energy (DOE) continues its role in LED technology development, focused on meeting "performance and cost targets of products for year 2020".

Projects during this 8th round of funding will advanced research, development, and market adoption of solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. Two existing DOE SSL R&D programs will continue to be supported by the funding, expected to fulfill goals described in the March 2011 Multiyear Program Plan.

These areas of research will include critical areas that are currently technology gaps in the industry, such as the following four target areas:

-- Emitter materials research
-- Down-converters
-- Novel OLED materials and structures
-- LED light extraction

The second program focuses on ways for LED products to become commercialized and useful for the public. Specifically, the DOE is looking for projects within these four areas:

-- LED package architecture
-- Novel LED luminaire systems
-- Large-area OLEDs
-- OLEDs panel outcoupling

While it is unknown how much the DOE will award for funding this 8th round, it did give away $4.3 million to core technology research, $3.6 million to product development and $6.9 milion to manufacturing projects during its 7th round (a total of $14.8 million).

To learn more about the application deadline (extended to Nov. 3, 2011):
https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/

To read the Multiyear Program Plan:
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/ssl_mypp2011_web.pdf

Picture:
http://c1.cleantechnica.com/files/2010/09/DOE-awards-new-LED-technologies.jpg


Author:  Rebecca Milne

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