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Development of Polymer Processing Techniques for Dramatic Cost Reduction of…

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Department of Energy
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2004 / SBIR
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Energy Focus, Inc.
32000 Aurora Road Solon, OH 44139-2875
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Development of Polymer Processing Techniques for Dramatic Cost Reduction of Large Core Plastic Optical Fiber, for Use with Advanced, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Distributed Accent Lighting System
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83957
Award Amount: $99,245.00


75812-Incandescent and halogen accent lights remain some of the last lighting applications where no cost effective, energy efficient solution exists. Potential energy efficient lighting systems exist; for example, one high-efficiency metal halide lamp and ballast can run eight points of light in a distributed lighting system. However, these systems have product limitations due to their high cost. This project will develop technology to reduce the cost of a high intensity discharge (HID) distributed accent lighting systems. Costs will be reduced by 50%, by optimizing the fabrication of the system¿s plastic optical fiber component, reducing the cost per point below conventional halogen sources. Phase I will identify and evaluate at least three new polymer processing approaches aimed at reducing cure time. The polymer processing work will focus on polymer chain cross-linking and the elimination of the current ¿cure¿ processing technology. The best approach will be carried into a pilot scale demonstration of the technology in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The lighting system should provide the energy efficiency of a metal halide lamp at the cost of a halogen lamp. Applications include: supermarkets, where the lack of infrared and ultraviolet radiation would permit food to stay fresh longer; clothing and jewelry stores at malls, where savings in energy usage and the costs of lamps will be significant; and office buildings where low fixture costs and an 80% savings in installation costs will be a factor. Altogether, about 0.19 quads of energy per year could be saved as this product is used in new installations and energy retrofits.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Jenson

Business Contact:

Roger Buelow
Small Business Information at Submission:

32000 Aurora Road Solon, OH 44139

EIN/Tax ID: 943021850
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No