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DOE Wants a 75% Increase in LED Lumens

Linda Hardesty

DOE logoThe Energy Department announced nearly $10 million to support research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. This funding will help accelerate the development of LED and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products to reduce lighting energy use.

DOE-supported research and development over the past 10 years has helped accelerate SSL technology deployment, yielding an energy savings of $675 million in 2012, according to the agency.

Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; the Energy Department’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75% increase.

Today’s funding opportunity is open to applications in the following areas:

  • Core Technology Research;
  • Product Development;
  • US Manufacturing.

The Department will make available up to $10 million for projects from industry, academia, and national labs.

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