U.S. Energy Secretary Invests in Laser Technology and Efficient Lights to Solve Climate Change Issues

In late November, the DOE also scaled up its investments in green energy R&D solutions. Among the 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that totaled $125 million, one of the listed projects was The University of California, Santa Barbara low cost laser-based, solid-state lighting module, which received a grant of US $2.37 million.

The University of California, Santa Barbara project aims to solve LED’s light depreciation issue by replacing it with more efficient and powerful lasers that could improve energy efficiency by a factor of two, and cut costs by about 20 times compared to current LED technology.