Bright future for UK lighting technology

04 Sep 2008

15m of new research into more energy efficient lighting, lasers and displays

New technology will contribute to climate change goals

Technology Strategy Board to invest £7m

The development of more energy efficient lighting, lasers and displays is to be accelerated following the announcement today of government funding for twelve innovative research projects.

The research and development into new technologies will help British manufacturers to stay ahead of international competition - and contribute to the UK's climate change goals.

The projects will see businesses working collaboratively with other businesses and academic institutions to develop and deploy technologies in areas such as more efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), laser diodes, white light fibre lasers and holographic optics. Other projects will see the integration of new and existing component technologies into working systems.

The total value of the twelve projects is in excess of £15.5 million, with the Technology Strategy Board contributing over £7m of this.  The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is contributing nearly £1m to five of the projects.

Explaining the background to the Technology Strategy Board's support, its Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said today:  "We are committed to stimulating the development and deployment of technologies which, as well as benefitting society, also represent major business opportunities for the UK.  Advanced light and laser sources are an area where the UK has an excellent reputation for world-class research activity, a healthy industrial base and the capability to exploit the results globally."

"Major investment in innovative research and development, by the private and public sectors working together, such as the fifteen million pounds announced today, will enable us to develop world-leading technologies that have global market potential" he added.

The funding of these projects brings to over £50 million the total investment in new research and development announced by the Technology Strategy Board in the last few weeks.  Earlier this month, the Board announced that it would invest in over 60 new R&D projects in cell therapy (£6m), material technologies for energy (£10m), high value manufacturing (£20m) and low carbon energy technologies (£8m)

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Last updated on Monday 08 September 2008 at 09:40

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