EERE's New Projects

High-Efficiency Lighting

These projects aim to lower the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies like light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). LEDs and OLEDs are generally ten times more energy-efficient than conventional incandescent lighting and can last up to 25 times as long, and by 2030, these technologies have the potential to reduce national lighting electricity use by nearly one half, which could save up to $30 billion a year.

The two-year projects selected  will focus on significantly reducing manufacturing costs while continuing to improve the quality and performance of solid state lighting technologies. These investments, which will leverage an additional $5 million in private sector funding, will focus on improving manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques that will help make LEDs and OLEDs cost-competitive with other lighting options.

Selected Projects

Project Title Awardee Description DOE Amount Recipient Amount Primary Project Location
Fixture Design
Cree Inc

This project plans to develop an optimized LED fixture design for efficient manufacture that can be readily integrated into buildings and outdoor applications and uses fewer raw mateirals - all without compromising the performance of the light source. This project builds on Cree's existing LED platform and has the potential to quickly reduce the cost of an already highly efficient LED fixture and allowing it to compete with existing fluorescent systems. The goal is to efficiently provide warm-white light and a minimum lifetime of 50,000 hours, while reducing the cost of manufacturing the major components and assembled product.

Durham, North Carolina
Reduce Variation

This project plans to remove one of the major barriers to the adoption of high-efficiency LED lighting -- namely, the difficult of providing low-cost white light that has consistent color quality and brightness. Current practice is to separate LEDs according to color during the manufacturing process in order to maximize product yield. Unfortunately, this creates variation in light output and color quality of the product, leading to reduced performance and increased costs. KLA-Tencor seeks to improve the color consistency of LEDs by utilizing a measurement tool during manufacturing that reduces the variation in LED quality, improving performance and reducing cost.

Milpitas, California
Efficient Manufacturing
k-Space Associates

Most monitoring of the OLED layers during the manufacturing process currently takes place after the fact, so that if problems are detected there’s little or no chance to change the production inputs. This project plans to create a more efficient manufacturing process, building on KSA’s existing optical monitoring technology to enable high-precision measurements of OLED layers during mass production.

Dexter, Michigan