March 6, 2013

Solid-State Lighting Research Recognized by Department of Energy

Highlights

  • RTI International received a research and development achievement award for its efforts to advance solid-state lighting technology
  • RTI is developing tools that will be used to more accurately predict the reliability and lifetime of integrated solid-state lighting luminaires
  • The three-year project is funded by the DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Core Technology Program

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – RTI International was recently recognized with a research and development achievement award from the U.S. Department of Energy for its efforts to advance solid-state lighting technology. 

RTI was cited for its work to develop reliability models and accelerated testing protocols for solid-state lighting luminaires made with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. 

Solid-state lighting includes LED lights, nanofiber lighting technology and other energy-efficient technologies. 

RTI’s three-year project, funded by the DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Core Technology Program, is aimed at developing tools that will be used to more accurately predict the reliability and lifetime of integrated solid-state lighting luminaires.  

“Our work to date has demonstrated that solid-state lighting luminaires are highly reliable,” said Lynn Davis, Ph.D., leader of RTI’s Solid-State Lighting program and principal investigator of the project. “We expect the reliability of these products to increase further as the industry grows. This creates a need for reliability test methods that match the rapid pace of product introduction in this emerging technology. Our research is addressing this critical need.”  

“DOE has made a significant investment in promoting energy efficient lighting and we are proud to be working with them to identify ways to make lighting more energy efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Michele Ostraat, senior director in the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI. “This project leverages strengths from across RTI including experts in engineering technologies, materials testing and statistical analysis of complex data.”

Additional information on RTI’s work in developing advanced technologies for energy efficient lighting systems can be found at www.rti.org/nlite. Additional information on the award can be found on the DOE website.