DOE Updates SSL Roadmap for 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy has published the 2012 edition of the Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Roadmap, and has posted the summary report from the fourth annual SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop, held in San Jose, California in June.
Complementing the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs, the Roadmap’s primary goal is to guide the manufacturing R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it. The Roadmap also provides guidance for equipment and material suppliers, based on industry consensus on the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing – thereby reducing risk, improving quality, increasing yields, and lowering costs.
Like the Roadmap, the workshop is a key component of an initiative launched by DOE in 2009 to enhance the quality and lower the cost of SSL products through improvements in manufacturing equipment and processes and to foster a significant manufacturing role in the U.S. This year in San Jose, 200 workshop attendees explored a wide range of related topics and focused on re-examining and updating the Roadmap, a task that is carried out annually.
The 2012 Roadmap follows a similar pattern to the 2011 version, but with a few noteworthy revisions. In a departure from previous editions, nearly all of the manufacturing task descriptions highlighted as priorities have been included, and have been updated according to progress toward eventual goals. While DOE may not issue solicitations that cover all of them, the goals may provide valuable input to others who guide SSL manufacturing R&D dollars.
In addition, the 2012 Roadmap reflects an emphasis on cost reductions (that is, the costs incurred by the manufacturer of the product or the “cost of goods sold”), not price, which should reflect the added value of SSL technology.
To download a PDF copy of the updated Roadmap, see www.ssl.energy.gov/techroadmaps.html. A PDF copy of the workshop report may be downloaded from the DOE SSL website at www.ssl.energy.gov/sanjose2012_materials.html.