Department of Energy Grants $200K to Six SSL Tech Companies
Recent LightFair Innovation Award winner, Glint Photonics, is among the six grant recipients.
As part of a recent $53 million announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced selection of 106 new projects across 26 states, totaling nearly $21.3 million in funding.
Of the 106 projects, EERE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) will invest $4 million in 20 projects, spread across 12 states, that seek advancements in novel building energy rating delivery models, solid-state lighting improvements, efficient resilient building technologies, and advance thermal energy storage.
Small businesses across the country will receive Phase I Release 2 grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research. Most Phase I awardees will receive $200,000 for less than one year. EERE is proud to support small businesses in their ongoing search for more energy-efficient building technologies and to foster technological ingenuity in the face of economic adversity.
Here are the recipients of the lighting-related Phase I Release 2 grants:
SVV Technology Innovations of Elk Grove, California will develop and demonstrate a new approach for making flexible large-area and flare-free lighting panels that use high-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and inexpensive plastic sheets.
Microcontinuum of Cambridge, Massachusetts will use a decal transfer process to fabricate a new, higher-performance, and more-affordable substrate that integrates every requisite OLED component into a novel, transparent thin-film metal mesh conductor.
Voxtel of Beaverton, Oregon will seek to develop a new commercial-scale inject-printed additive manufacturing process to fabricate LEDs with optics (nanocrystals) that improve light quality and efficiency.
Glint Photonics of Burlingame, California will develop a new type of lighting fixture that can be easily and inexpensively customized to produce almost any needed light distribution.
Fluency Lighting Technologies of Santa Barbara, California will develop a novel and more robust encapsulation material and processing method capable of withstanding more extreme operating conditions. If successful, these advancements will increase the efficiency and lifetime of LEDs while lowering manufacturing costs through wafer-scale packaging.
Kebotix of Cambridge, Massachusetts will develop a multi-level smart-throughput screening of organic molecules and aggregates to identify blue emitters with reduced quenching and high efficiency.
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