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The Department's agreement with NGLIA details specific activities to be jointly conducted in support of DOE's SSL portfolio. The requirements of the MOU align with the directives in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 related to SSL and DOE, specifically the competitive selection of an industry alliance that represents U.S. SSL research, development, infrastructure, and manufacturing expertise.
Alliance members provide input to shape DOE research priorities, assess progress of research activities, and update SSL technology roadmaps. The Alliance also assists DOE commercialization support activities by:
- Communicating SSL program accomplishments
- Encouraging development of metrics, codes, and standards
- Promoting demonstration of SSL technologies for general lighting applications
- Supporting DOE voluntary market-oriented programs, such as LED Lighting Facts®
The Alliance brings valuable industry perspective to a wide range of DOE SSL portfolio activities. Alliance task groups provide support and input for annual updates to the DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Plan, as well as updates on CALiPER testing, standards development, GATEWAY demonstrations, and product quality initiatives. The DOE LED Systems Reliability Consortium developed from a working group under the joint auspices of DOE and NGLIA, is a group of industry experts working collaboratively in an ongoing effort to develop an advanced luminaire reliability model for SSL manufacturers and end users.