DOE Announces Funding Selections for SSL R&D

June 8, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the competitive selection of eight projects for solid-state lighting (SSL), in response to the SSL Core Technology Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000329, Product Development FOA DE-FOA-0000330, and U.S. Manufacturing FOA DE-FOA-0000334.

Four of the projects will focus on the core technology research needed to advance the technical knowledge base of SSL for general illumination purposes, with particular emphasis on filling key technology gaps, improving scientific knowledge, and providing performance data. Two of the projects will focus on the development or improvement of commercially viable SSL materials, devices, or systems. The remaining two projects will focus on achieving significant cost reductions and enhancing quality through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. Total DOE funding for the eight projects is nearly $15 million.

This is the seventh round of DOE funding for SSL core technology research and product development, and the second time that DOE has funded SSL manufacturing projects. These efforts are part of DOE's initiative to accelerate the adoption of SSL technology through improvements that reduce costs and enhance product quality and performance. They will also play an important role in encouraging U.S.-based manufacturing of SSL technologies, creating jobs, and promoting America’s role as a global leader in energy efficiency.

For more information on the selections, visit the financial opportunities section.