Scientists at RTI International will be tasked with finding ways to improve solid-state lighting with $1.7 million in funding from a Department of Energy grant.

RTI is to focus its efforts on light-emitting diodes and other solid-state lighting as well as tools to help manufacturers create more energy efficient fixtures and products. The DOE wants to improve the reliability prediction of solid-state lighting performance and lifetimes.

According to RTI, its researchers will seek to create test methods that accelerate the simulated environment in which the LEDs and other lighting sources would perform over a 15-year and longer lifespan.

The DOE awarded a series of grants totaling $15 million for related projects with the end goal of accelerating more efficient lighting deployment.

RTI’s experience in solid-sate lighting already includes development of nanoscale technology for lighting sources that are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and also do not contain toxic mercury that is included in compact fluorescent bulbs.

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