The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of Portland, Oregon USA, on
behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has invited solid state lighting
product manufacturers to take part in an economic feasibility demonstration
of current or soon-to-be released LED products for general lighting. PNNL will
offer short-term and long-term independent testing and analysis of products.
According to PNNL, if the products prove to be economically justifiable, the
results of that particular demonstration will be widely publicized.
The PNNL says that its role as leader of the demonstration projects is to identify
suitable products to be demonstrated, help identify and evaluate suitable host
sites, and organize overall activity. PNNL will also evaluate the results (both
quantitative and qualitative), conduct product performance and life testing,
and support subsequent project information dissemination. In addition to SSL
product manufacturers, PNNL is also seeking energy efficiency organizations
or utilities and host site organizations to offer sites for product demonstration.
Eventually the DOE will search for lighting design and installation companies
and organizations. The details of design and installation companies and groups
PNNL is looking for have not yet been fleshed out. PNNL will select teams which
agree to collaborate on demonstration projects at an specified sites. PNNL says
these participant teams will typically consist of a product manufacturer (or
group of manufacturers, such as a collaboration between a chip maker and a fixture
manufacturer), an energy efficiency organization/utility, a host site, and PNNL.
The PNNL indicates in the invitation that the motivation for the program is
not product sales but instead is increased understanding, technological advancement,
and hopefully accelerated adoption of SSL products for general lighting. Unlike
other programs which involve the awarding of federal grants, this program looks
for participants with a more technologically altruistic motivation who want
to help advance the technology in the industry as a whole, and demonstrate long-term
financial advantages of the technology. PNNL says it has attempted to streamline
the submission process and minimize the burden on submitters. PNNL requests
that the submission be brief and focused on providing details that allow it
to judge the credibility of the submissions. According too the invitation, all
manufacturers’ proposals must be received no later than the close of business
on April 16, 2007. DOE
Solid State Lighting Technology Demonstration Invitation for Lighting Equipment
Currently, all of the select host sites are with federal organizaitions including:
the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, EPA, Department of Commerce, Smithsonian
Institute, Federal Aviation Administration, Treasury/Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service,
United States Postal Service, and theU.S. Forest Service. The utility organizations
selected thus far include: Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric,
Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.