SSL Partnership Collaborates on Draft ENERGY STARĀ® Criteria

June 30, 2008

The SSL Partnership is an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) to provide joint support for key activities that will accelerate commercialization of SSL technology.  Most recently, NGLIA has been working with DOE on the development of draft ENERGY STAR criteria for SSL products. 

In February 2005, DOE signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with NGLIA to form the SSL Partnership.  The MOA details a strategy to enhance the manufacturing and commercialization focus of the DOE SSL portfolio by utilizing the expertise of this organization of lighting manufacturers.  Learn more about NGLIA and the SSL Partnership.

DOE's agreement with NGLIA specifies a wide range of support for DOE SSL portfolio activities.  NGLIA is required to provide input to shape DOE research priorities from an industry perspective, and assist DOE in updating jointly developed technology roadmaps.  The agreement also requires NGLIA to assist in the planning and implementation of DOE's commercialization support activities, including the development of voluntary market-oriented programs such as ENERGY STAR.

"Over the past several months, we have worked jointly toward the first draft of an ENERGY STAR specification for LED products," notes Kyle Pitsor, NGLIA Administrator.  "There seems to be a good appreciation by our DOE colleagues of the scope and difficulty of the task, but also a determination to protect the market from poor quality products that could spoil customer perception of the technology.  We appreciate the DOE steering this effort, based on its extensive SSL experience and our many partnership activities.

"Pitsor notes the synergy between related DOE-NGLIA efforts.  "There is a very natural synergy between DOE's R&D program and ENERGY STAR criteria, since the research program plus the DOE/Alliance-developed technology roadmaps give a good view of what is and what is not likely to be possible in the coming years," notes Pitsor.  "There is also a very natural synergy between ENERGY STAR criteria and standards development.  The DOE, with support by Alliance companies, organized and sponsored a first SSL standards development workshop this past March.  We understand the DOE will also fund measurement work to develop critical 'methods of measurement' standards that will be central to any ENERGY STAR criteria.

"The draft ENERGY STAR criteria are scheduled for release in July 2006. Following a three-month public review and comment period, final criteria are scheduled to be issued in October 2006.  The criteria focus on near-term niche applications and will be used for several years, helping consumers recognize energy-efficient, high-performance SSL products on the market. Additional DOE ENERGY STAR criteria will be developed as the market and products evolve.