DOE Gives Funding Boost to Five SSL Companies

The United State Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory
has awarded 5 companies funding for solid state lighting projects, according
to an article
in CompoundSemiconductors.net. The funding, which includes a 30 percent cost
share, was awarded to Color Kinetics, Osram Sylvania, General Electric, Eastman
Kodak, and SRI International. The project guidelines for all five companies
include production of field-ready prototypes for a targeted market application
with fully-defined price, efficacy, and other performance characteristics. The
goal of the projects is to get closer to the DOE’s goal of developing
solid-state lighting with a product system efficiency of 50 percent by 2025.
As part of the funding agreement each company must agree to the exceptional
circumstances determination and IP ownership measures outlined in DOE’s
“Exceptional Cercumstances Determination.” issued in June 2005.
(Ref: Coverage).