The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has partnered with Freelancer.com to hold several crowdsourcing campaigns to find innovative solutions to today’s manufacturing challenges and attract broad industry participation. The Manufacturing Innovator Challenge consists of six individual challenges across multiple technologies to find ideas that will enhance manufacturing in the United States.
Today, EERE is announcing a new manufacturing prize as part of the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge: The Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires Prize. DOE invites submissions for new concepts in solid state lighting (SSL) luminaires designed to manufacture with sustainable, recycled materials. The majority of SSL luminaires use aluminum and other energy-dense structural and thermal materials in their designs and manufacturing processes. The use of light emitting diodes (LED) and organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for lighting enables consideration of a broader range of materials for the structural, thermal, and optical components within a luminaire. The use of innovative materials in the luminaire design could reduce the manufacturing cost of the luminaire.
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