DOE to Award $37 Million to 17 Solid-State Lighting Projects

January 20, 2010

DOE announced on January 15 its selection of 17 high-efficiency solid-state lighting (SSL) projects to receive more than $37 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The awards will support research, product development, and manufacturing of SSL technologies and will be leveraged with nearly $28.5 million in private industry funds, for a total project value of more than $66 million. Solid-state lighting, which uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of incandescent bulbs, has the potential to be ten times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting. Today, lighting accounts for approximately 24% of the total electricity generated in the United States, but by 2030, the development and widespread deployment of cost-effective LED and OLED lighting could reduce electricity use for lighting by one-third nationally.

The funding includes $4 million for three core technology research projects (one for LEDs and two for OLEDs), $10.3 million for six product development projects (five for LEDs and one for OLEDs), and $23.5 million for eight SSL manufacturing projects (six for LEDs and two for OLEDs). These projects will address the technical challenges that must be overcome before prices fall to a level where SSL will be competitive with existing lighting on a first-cost basis. This is the sixth round of DOE funding for solid-state lighting core technology research and product development. See the DOE press release, DOE's SSL Program Web site, and the complete list of awardees (PDF 16 KB). Download Adobe Reader.