RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – RTI International’s nanofiber lighting improvement technology (NLITe™) has been selected as a finalist for two prestigious international awards: the Energy Institute’s Innovation Award and a World Technology Summit Award.
NLITe™ is an innovative technology platform for the lighting industry that enables substantial energy savings and produces aesthetically pleasing light. The technology can be applied to any lighting fixture, from traditional fluorescents to energy-saving LEDs.
“Receiving these nominations is an honor for our team,” said Lynn Davis, Ph.D., director of RTI’s Nano-Enabled Devices Program. “We are very proud of the innovation that resulted in the development of this exciting technology.”
NLITe™ is based on polymer nanofibers, which are nanoscale materials whose properties can be manipulated to improve lighting performance. By controlling the composition and structure of these nanofibers and carefully producing a technical fabric, it is possible to selectively alter the reflectivity performance and the light management properties of luminaires and lighting devices.
“These nominations provide additional validation that this is a true step-change technology,” said Galen Hatfield, vice president of the Commercial Programs Division, Engineering & Technology at RTI. “We are aggressively pursuing commercialization of NLITe™ and expect to seed the market in the next twelve months.”
The World Technology Network is composed of more than 1,000 scientists, entrepreneurs, financiers, journalists, academics and policymakers and more than 200 companies across more than 60 countries. WTN’s World Technology Awards, which will be presented at the end of October, are conducted in association with Time, Science, Fortune, Technology Review and CNN. The awards honor innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world. NLITe™ is one of six finalists in the “Materials” category.
The Energy Institute is the professional body for the energy industry and supports roughly 15,000 individuals and 250 companies across 100 countries. The Energy Institute awards, which will be presented in November, recognize individuals and organizations in the global energy industry for setting new standards of excellence and innovation. NLITe™ is one of six finalists in the “Innovation” category.