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Momentive Receives $4.5 Million DOE Grant (posted 11/9/09)

November 9, 2009
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Momentive will continue the development of technology for the low-cost production of LEDs used in solid-state lighting (SSL).

Momentive Performance Materials will receive $4.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue the development of technology for the low-cost production of light emitting diodes (LEDs) used in solid-state lighting (SSL) and for increased LED light source performance. LED lights can consume 75% less energy and have a longer lifetime than common lighting options, but LED-based lighting is currently more expensive to produce than conventional lighting.

“We are honored to be among the first recipients of this innovative funding program and its inspiring mission of working toward a low-cost, secure and low carbon energy future for the U.S.,” said Eric Thaler, chief technology officer. “The grant will allow us to help develop the commercial-scale technology, processes and equipment needed for the cost-effective mass production of energy-efficient LEDs. This, in turn, should help facilitate a game-changing transition from current lighting technology to solid-state lighting in this country and the rest of the world. The transition to LED-based SSL would have enormous impact on everyday life, from substantial energy savings to revolutionary design and applications in general illumination.”

Based on Momentive’s platform technology, the two-year energy research project brings together a team of companies that are expert in ammonothermal bulk gallium nitride (GaN) crystal growth technology, high-pressure/high-temperature reactor development and LED device testing and development. Collaborating with Momentive on the project are Soraa, Inc. and Advanced Photonic Crystals, LLC. Soraa was co-founded by leading experts in GaN materials and devices. Advanced Photonic Crystals, LLC is an on-shore manufacturer of innovative laser and optical crystals, with expertise in high-pressure autoclave engineering and crystal growth that is being brought to bear on this project.

Momentive’s winning proposal is among the 1% percent of research projects selected to receive funding after a rigorous review by the DOE of approximately 3700 submissions. For more information, visit www.momentive.com or www.arpa-e.energy.gov.

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