DOE Offers $10 Million for SSL R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering a total of $10 million for SSL Development. The DOE announced the funding opportunity onOctober 14, 2014. The funding from the (DE-FOA-0001171), will go towards the three existing DOE SSL R&D program areas: Core Technology Research, Product Development, and U.S. Manufacturing.

The Core Technology Research program attempts to apply fundamental scientific concepts to SSL technology improvements. The DOE’s SSL Product Development program intends to use the knowledge from basic or applied research to develop or improve commercially viable SSL systems, devices and materials. The goal of the DOE’s SSL Manufacturing Technology program is to accelerate SSL technology adoption through improvements and innovations in manufacturing innovations that increase consistency and quality while reducing costs.

DOE plans to choose up to ten projects. Concept papers are due by November 14, and applications are due by January 15. In addition, the National Energy Technology Laboratory will hold a webinar about the funding opportunity announcement on October 24 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. More information about the funding opportunity and the webinar is available at the FOA webpage.

Some of the goals of the research and development include maximizing energy efficiency of SSL products and improving lighting performance, lifetime, and color quality. Additionally, the DOE hopes the funding will help reduce luminaire and SSL source costs and maintaining high quality while improving consistency. The DOE also intends for the funding to encourage sustainability, growth, and leadership in domestic U.S. manufacturing.