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Project Title:

Assessment of Solid State Lighting
PIN: DEPS-BEES-10-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: DEPS Board on Energy & Environmental Systems

RSO: Offutt, Martin

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation

Project Scope
The National Research Council (NRC) will appoint a committee to carry out this study and provide a report on the status of advanced solid state lighting (SSL), in particular light-emitting diodes and organic light emitting diodes.  The report will provide an assessment of the current status of development of SSL products, a discussion on the future impacts of SSL, and a consideration of the study’s implications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies.  Specifically, the committee will focus on the following three overarching tasks.

1) Review the development of SSL technology and products.  
The committee will assess:
Past and current cost evaluations for SSL in relation to traditional lighting technologies;
The status of SSL research, development, demonstration and commercialization in the U.S.;
Potential barriers to development and the prospects for overcoming them;
The status of SSL activities internationally and their implications for the manufacturing of SSL technologies in the U.S.;
The cost, lifetime, reliability, and consumer satisfaction associated with SSL for both indoor and outdoor lighting applications and how these factors compare to traditional lighting technologies (incandescent, fluorescent, and high intensity discharge);
The market-based performance attributes necessary for SSL based on review of on-going activities. 

2)Discussion of SSL Future Impacts.
The committee will estimate:
The time line for the commercialization of SSL (and other possible technologies) that could replace current incandescent and halogen incandescent lamp technology, and meet the minimum standards required in Section 321 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007;
The barriers to widespread adoption of SSL technologies and strategies needed to overcome these barriers;
The benefits for consumers if SSL development and deployment is successful and the impact if these barriers are not fully overcome, particularly as it relates to the new minimum efficiency standard taking effect;
Potential unintended consequences of SSL deployment, such as presented by traffic lights using SSL lamps that did not generate enough heat to melt ice that built up on them.

3)Study Implications
The committee will analyze:
Lessons from the experience with the commercialization of compact fluorescent lighting and how that may affect potential proactive initiatives by the Department of Energy and other agencies (with legislative direction, such as the Federal Trade Commission [FTC]); and
Recommendations to the Department of Energy on research, development, and deployment activities, and potential collaborations with market participants, especially manufacturers. 

The committee will provide a report to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
The approximate starte date for the project is October 1, 2010.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 05/09/2011
 Meeting 2 - 07/27/2011
 Meeting 3 - 09/26/2011
 Meeting 4 - 12/01/2011
 Meeting 5 - 02/01/2012


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Assessment of Advanced Solid-State Lighting