The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Energy

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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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