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New STW and Philips research program highlights LED lighting


May 2, 2013
By Alyssa Dalton

May 2, 2013 – Hoping to meet the growing demand for sustainable lighting, Technology Foundation STW and Philips have taken the initiative to form the ‘Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions’ partnership. With eight recently approved research project proposals, the program is now officially launched. The aim of these projects is to develop innovative, efficient lighting that will also be available for new applications.

The five-year program has had the sum of three million euros allocated to it: each of the partners will pay half. The research projects in ASLS are to be conducted at universities and Philips Research in the Netherlands. The initial results are expected in 2014.

“Global lighting consumption continues to increase: partly due to the shift to a 24-hour economy, by about 2050 worldwide lighting consumption is expected to be almost three times higher than it is now. More energy-efficient lighting methods therefore need to be explored,” said the partners.

The Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions partnership is looking for high-efficiency, attractive and affordable lighting that is also developed in a responsible way. Such lighting systems can contribute to solutions for social challenges in areas, such as food production, health and well-being.

Forty-four entries were received from the call for proposals sent out to universities. After being evaluated by a committee of experts, eight projects were approved, which can be divided into two categories. Five projects are related to the exploration of new materials, the improvement of efficiency and the optimization of sustainable production of LEDs. The three remaining projects will examine how LED lighting can be used for health and energy savings, more efficient algae growth for biomass production and improved fruit quality.