Big LED Asks for More Government Money

September 12, 2012 - A delegation of stakeholders in LED manufacturing have met with US Department of Energy officials to plead their case for increased support in solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D and manufacturing, with their key message that SSL offers greater energy conservation and return-on-investments (ROI) than renewable energy technologies that get much more backing.

Pushing for the added US backing is a delegation of SEMI members and other industry stakeholders with origins in the FALCON (Fast Adoption of LED Lighting Consortium) Lighting Consortium, led by Philips Lumileds and SEMI members Applied Materials, Veeco, KLA-Tencor, Ultratech, and others (SEMI's broad roster includes major suppliers of LED equipment and materials). FALCON and SEMI have emphasized increased DOE support for domestic SSL development and especially manufacturing.