NYSERDA and LED Specialists Announce Research Underway on Low-Glare, Low-Heat OLED Lighting Accessory Technology

Long Island Company's Support of Innovative Light Fixture Development to Create Jobs

November 02, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and LED Specialists announced today that LED Specialists will perform research and develop components that will make it easier for Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to be incorporated into lighting fixtures. OLED lights provide low glare, are energy efficient and produce little to no heat. The new components will act as building blocks to simplify the creation of lighting fixture products for a range of lighting applications.

The project, which is expected to create up to 10 new jobs, advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by accelerating the pace of energy innovation.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, "This project is the latest example of State investment in innovative energy research under Governor Cuomo's leadership. This project continues to advance the development of energy-efficient, building-related technologies that use less energy and provide energy-saving choices to consumers."

NYSERDA's technology and business innovation initiative supports a vibrant, self-sustaining clean energy technology innovation environment to accelerate the growth and scale of businesses that serve the clean energy market in New York State and globally.

OLED's unique properties include very thin profile, light weight, homogeneous distributed light and light-emitting surface shaping. The technology could first be seen in the aviation, marine, and automotive industries before being used in mainstream markets such as commercial and residential buildings.

This project will develop mechanical components (for support, connection and mounting of OLED panels) and electrical components (drive electronics, dimming controls and electrical connectivity) to enable lighting fixture manufacturers to readily use OLED panels in the design and fabrication of innovative lighting fixtures. These accessory components will be used in ceiling or wall mount lighting panels, and integrated into glass shelving, furniture, and pendant designs as well as other applications in office, marine, aviation, medical and retail environments.

The development efforts of this early-stage technology are expected to result in increased usage of OLED panel technology in lighting applications and realize associated energy savings benefits.

"We believe OLED technology has tremendous promise in a wide range of specialized lighting applications that will improve living and working environments and task performance while saving energy," said Bill Reisenauer, co-founder of LED Specialists. "NYSERDA's support allows LED Specialists to engage in this development activity."

About LED Specialists

Based in Holbrook, New York, LED Specialists is a leader in LED product development for lighting OEMs across a range of industries including Marine, Aviation, Commercial, Outdoor and Architectural markets. In addition, LED Specialists supplies LED module and drive electronics products.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency, in part through the recent adoption of New York's Clean Energy Standard which requires that 50% of the state's electricity needs be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5.3 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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