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California Companies Awarded $23 Million to Develop Cutting-Edge Lighting, Solar

The DOE will award five San Francisco Bay-area high-tech companies $13.7 million in grants to encourage breakthroughs in energy efficient lighting. Of the $35 million nationally in this ARRA award, more than a third of the stimulus funding went to California companies. For the lighting awards, six federal grants go to five California companies in these project categories:

  • Research - Cambrios (Sunnyvale) was awarded nearly $1.2 million for research into materials to be used in OLEDs to replace the rare and expensive element indium.
  • Product Development - The Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, LLC (San Jose) was awarded more than $1.8 million to develop an LED lamp with a warm-white color range and an output that compares to a 75-watt incandescent lamp.
  • Domestic manufacturing support - Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara) was awarded nearly $4 million to develop an advanced system for creating LEDs through epitaxy, a process that deposits a thin layer of crystal material over a single crystal base. - KLA-Tencor Corporation (Milpitas) was awarded nearly $3.5 million to develop an automated system that identifies and distinguishes harmful defects from benign defects for more efficient quality control.  - Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, LLC (San Jose) will use a $1.9 million manufacturing grant to develop an epitaxial process that uses silicon to replace more expensive materials, achieving a 60 percent reduction in manufacturing costs for high- power LEDs.  - Ultratech, Inc. (San Jose) was awarded approximately $1.3 million for its process using lithography to create LEDs more cheaply.  http://www.renewablesbiz.com/