December 2,2015

DOE 11a: Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, Products, and Systems

  • Release Date:12-02-2015
  • Open Date:12-02-2015
  • Due Date:12-02-2015
  • Close Date:12-02-2015


a. Energy Efficient Solid-State Lighting Luminaires, Products, and Systems

The DOE has estimated that advancing energy efficient electric lighting in U.S. buildings could conserve more than 50% of lighting energy with corresponding savings in electricity costs to building operators. These technologies also could reduce utility generation costs with reductions in load, especially during peak consumption. Although SSL sales increase annually, industry stakeholders generally acknowledge that even higher rates of growth and attendant energy conservation are possible by developing and promoting advanced SSL luminaire designs, components, controls and systems that take full advantage of the unique performance capabilities of emerging SSL technology.

This is the subject of the present technical topic.

 All applications to this subtopic must:

Be consistent with and have performance metrics linked to the 2015 DOE SSL Research and Development (R&D) Plan whenever possible. [1]

Clearly define the proposed application, the merit of the proposed innovation, and the anticipated outcome with a special emphasis on the commercialization potential of the overall effort, including Phase I and Phase II.

Include quantitative projections for price and/or performance improvement that are tied to representative values included in the R&D plan or in comparison to existing products. [2] For example, projections of price or cost advantage due to manufacturing improvements, materials use, or design simplification should provide references to current practices and pricing to enable informed comparison to present technologies.

Demonstrate commercial viability with a quantifiable return on DOE investment.

Fully justify all performance claims with thoughtful theoretical predictions or experimental data.

SSL Components, contributing materials, constituents or integral products – Many individual components and materials (for advanced optoelectronic device packaging/manufacturing) are used in the manufacture of SSL including highly-engineered intermediate products. These components include power supplies, current spreading devices, out-coupling enhancement lenses, and specialty materials such as index matching silicones and epoxies. Applications are sought for replacements or alternatives to these intermediate components, materials, or constituents that could significantly advance the performance of SSL products while simultaneously reducing cost or manufacturing complexity. Such intermediate dedicated products might be part of a thermal management solution, optical delivery and management architecture, power supply, or some other aspect of a modern, energy efficient SSL design. Successful applications should represent innovative, high performance and cost-competitive alternatives. Incremental or evolutionary advancements to existing materials, constituents, or intermediate products are not of interest.

Questions – Contact: James Brodrick, james.brodrick@ee.doe.gov



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2. “Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications”, DOE July 2015, http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/07/f24/led-adoption-report_2015.pdf

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