DOE Names Sandia National Laboratory the Center for SSL R&D

USA Department of Energy Secretary, Samuel Bodman, announced that Sandia National
Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, will be the new home of the country’s National
Laboratory Center for Sold-State Lighting Research and Development. Mr.Bodman made
the announcement at Sandia’s International Programs Building during a
news conference in which a number of US congressmen and women and officials
from the Department of Energy were on hand. As part of the laboratory’s
new role, Sandia, a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation,
a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National
Nuclear Security Administration, will conduct solid-state lighting research
and coordinate SSL research efforts at several national laboratories. Bodman
stated that the DOE will give $5 million to fund seven key research projects
in solid-state lighting through its office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy. The research projects include $2.6 million specifically for Sandia projects.
(Ref: August
2006 Coverage
).

“The research will be conducted at the new nanotechnology centers
at our national laboratories,”
Bodman said, including the just dedicated
Sandia/Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). “This
is part of nearly $20 million we are committing this year to support research
and development efforts in this rapidly emerging technology.”
Bodman
noted that approximately 18 percent of electricity generated in the United States
goes towards lighting. He said the electricity that goes towards lighting in
the US each year is valued at about $55 billion dollars.

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