As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. Through the Commercial Buildings Integration program, the Energy Department will make six awards for up to $8.4 million to nationally scale-up replicable, energy-efficient solutions for small and medium office buildings, apartments, stores, restaurants, and businesses. Under its Building America program, the Energy Department will make eight awards for up to $5.5 million for industry partners to create healthier, more comfortable homes that will save homeowners money on their utility bills.
The Commercial Buildings Integration program engages market leaders to accelerate adoption of energy saving technologies and practices by the commercial buildings market and support development of new, integrated program models for building retrofit. CBI relies on these partners to test and refine resources, conduct real-world demonstrations, and facilitate the deployment of solutions to the market through peer sharing and exchange. DOE also recognizes business leaders nationally for their progress and success. Our six central partnership activities are the Better Buildings Challenge, Better Buildings Alliance, Better Buildings Accelerators, the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, the Penn State Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, and competitively-selected Cooperative Agreements projects.
<img src="http://controltrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/u-s-department-of-energy-300x168.jpg" alt="u-s-department-of-energy" width="300" height="168" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-15073" />Building on the new commitments to the <a href="http://www.globallightingchallenge.org/">Global Lighting Challenge</a> announced last week during the Clean Energy Ministerial, the<a href="http://www.energy.gov/"> Energy Department</a> is announcing funding for nine research and development projects that will support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development, and manufacturing research and development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and <a href="http://www.oled-info.com/introduction">organic light-emitting diode (OLED) </a>lighting products that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses by using less electricity than products currently in use and ensure that the U.S. remains globally competitive.
Solid-state lighting research and development has contributed to more than $2.8 billion in U.S. energy cost savings over the past 15 years, and further improvements in the technology will increase those savings even more in the years to come,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “By 2030, solid-state lighting could reduce national lighting electricity use by nearly half—which would equate to the total energy consumed by 24 million American homes today and could save American families and businesses $26 billion annually.”
Today’s most advanced LED products are about 10 times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lighting and last more than 25 times longer. LEDs are intense sources of light consisting of inorganic materials, where OLEDs are diffuse light sources that consist of organic materials.