DOE Awards $5 Million for Solid-State Lighting Projects

October 5, 2006

DOE announced on October 5th that $5 million will go toward seven projects in solid-state lighting research in nanotechnology, which focuses on materials and technologies on the scale of a billionth of a meter (a nanometer). The work will be done at four of DOE's national laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories will conduct four of the projects, and will receive approximately $2.6 million of the total funding, which comes from DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The remaining three projects will be conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Solid-state lighting has the potential to replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps and double the efficiency of general-purpose lighting. Solid-state lighting includes a variety of light-producing semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). LEDs are found in all kinds of devices, including digital clocks, watches, and remote controls. Three of the projects at Sandia will focus on developing high-efficiency LEDs. OLED technology is more commonly used commercially and can be found in small screens for mobile phones, portable digital music players, and digital cameras. The projects at Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and Argonne will focus on the development of highly efficient OLEDs. See the DOE press release and EERE's Solid-State Lighting Web site.

DOE also named Sandia as the home of the new National Laboratory Center for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development. Sandia will conduct vital solid-state lighting research and coordinate related research efforts at several other national laboratories. See the Sandia press release.