The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Energy

The National Academies

What You Need To Know About Energy

Partnerships for Solid-State Lighting: Report of a Workshop (2002)

"Solid-state lighting," which refers to light-emitting diodes (LED), devices similar to those in computer chips, have the potential to revolutionize the cost and delivery of lighting. This report reviews the current and potential applications of solid-state lighting, as well as the potential advantages of its widespread use. The report also discusses three core challenges facing the solid-state lighting industry in bringing this technology to the market: research and development issues, infrastructure development, and consumer acceptance. To help overcome some of these challenges, the report recommends establishing a consortium-based organization composed of government, academia, and industry to educate the public and Congress about the potential of this technology; reduce the electric lighting load in the U.S., and exploit previous R&D efforts.

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Renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biofuels, waste, and wood) accounted for what percentage of the total energy supply in the United States in 2008?

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    Renewable energy accounted for 7% of the total U.S. energy supply in 2008, less than any other type of energy source.

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    Renewable energy accounted for 7% of the total U.S. energy supply in 2008, less than any other type of energy source.