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DOE Workshop Tour Highlights Pittsburgh’s LEDs

It’s gratifying, when we put so much effort into an event, to have industry leaders tell us it is a “must-attend” in their book—especially at a time when every travel dollar needs to be fully justified. That has been the case with three annual workshops managed by Akoya for the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting Program. This summer, we were especially pleased to welcome attendees of the Market Introduction Workshop to our headquarters’ city of Pittsburgh. One aspect of the workshop – an evening guided bus tour of LED lighting installations – gave us a chance to introduce 50 visitors to the remarkable Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Shadyside business district, and the GNC World Headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh.

Jason Wirick, director of facilities and sustainability at Phipps, provided a behind-the-scenes view of LED selection and use, both in the conservatory and in the about-to-open Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Although Phipps’ use of LEDs includes a variety of retrofit lamps and new luminaires in both interior and exterior settings—and is expected to result in significant energy and maintenance savings—lighting is only a part of Phipps’ big-picture story.  Particularly for the new Center, the design team used an integrated process as they worked toward the “Living Building Challenge” to meet or exceed the three highest green standards and achieve true sustainability in the built environment.

At Phipps, tour attendees were joined by Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto and Stephen Quick, project director for Carnegie Mellon University’s LED street lighting research study, who talked about the process and challenges involved in Pittsburgh’s ongoing conversion to LED street lighting—and about the development of the city’s lighting code. Councilman Peduto then led attendees to the site of the original LED street light pilot installation at Walnut and Bellefonte Streets in the Shadyside business district just as the lights were coming on for the evening. The city has converted about 10 percent of its street lights to LED so far and is seeing significant energy savings despite the relatively low electricity rates in the region.

The final stop brought the tour to the GNC world headquarters at 6th and Wood Streets, where Art McSorley, vice president of retail operations and construction, provided an overview of LED use in GNC stores, and showed attendees a window display comparing HID and LED PAR lamps. GNC has used LEDs in storefront signs for years and has installed around 45,000 LED PAR lamps in stores nationwide, resulting in 2011 energy savings of over $1 million.

If you plan to be in Pittsburgh, download the self-guided tour flyer to see these and other installations, including CMU’s Randy Pausch Memorial Bridge.

Akoya helps coordinate seventh annual SSL Market Introduction Workshop in Pittsburgh

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting Program includes market development support to ensure appropriate application of SSL products and avoid buyer dissatisfaction and delay of market development. This week, DOE holds the seventh annual SSL Market Introduction Workshop in Pittsburgh, enabling participants to share the latest insights, updates, and strategies for the successful market introduction of high-quality solid-state lighting products. This workshop is one of three annual DOE workshops designed to explore all aspects of the rapidly evolving SSL market.  Annually, Akoya helps coordinate these workshops throughout each stage of the event—from planning to wrap-up—and provides a comprehensive communications package.

Akoya supports DOE at SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop

The Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Initiative works to develop government-industry partnerships focused on cost reduction and quality improvements of SSL products, and on supporting SSL manufacturing efforts in the U.S. This week, DOE holds the fourth annual SSL Manufacturing R&D Workshop in San Jose, CA, enabling participants to gain a cutting-edge perspective on manufacturing issues related to LED and OLED lighting. This workshop is one of three annual DOE workshops designed to explore all aspects of the rapidly evolving SSL market.  Annually, Akoya helps coordinate these workshops throughout each stage of the event — from planning to wrap-up —and provides a comprehensive communications package.

Akoya supports Building Technologies Program at CBEA Efficiency Forum

BTP is hosting two significant meetings this week that together comprise the Commercial Buildings Energy Alliance (CBEA) Efficiency Forum. Both meetings take place at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, in the nation’s largest net-zero energy office building. In the CBEA All-Member annual meeting on May 23,  participants will set energy targets and membership goals, report on the impacts of previous CBEA projects, assess the status of 2012 work, and brainstorm possible 2013 activities. On May 24, the first-ever CBEA Executive Exchange with Commercial Building Stakeholders will take place. Executives from the manufacturing, service provider, financial, A/E, and utility communities will engage with CBEA members in an array of targeted roundtable discussions focused on energy-efficiency deployment challenges and opportunities. Akoya will be present to lend support and help coordinate the meetings.

Akoya supports DOE at LIGHTFAIR

LIGHTFAIR® International, the world’s largest commercial lighting trade show and conference, has become increasingly dominated by solid-state lighting products over the past few years. The Department of Energy will be on hand at LIGHTFAIR this week to provide unbiased information and tutorials so that users and potential users of SSL can understand the issues with this emerging technology. As DOE shares its perspective and resources with thousands of LIGHTFAIR attendees, Akoya will be there to help coordinate and support the DOE team.

Not Your Father’s Lightbulb

How many times did a parent remind you to turn off the lights when leaving a room? A few years ago, when I started working with the DOE Solid-State Lighting (SSL) program, I began to appreciate the importance of energy conservation and energy efficiency.  I can still hear Dad asking, “Are you done in there? Then turn off the lights!”

Turns out Dad was right. I can’t think of another 100+ year old technology that is still as widely used as the good old fashioned light bulb. But that is about to change.  The 1912 Model T Ford is long gone, TV technology has drastically evolved, and smart phones were maybe a figment of someone’s imagination in 1912. How is it that this old, inefficient light bulb technology has stuck around for so long, when generations of other household items have come and gone so quickly? Seems it’s harder to change a light bulb when better options don’t come along.

The Akoya SSL team has had a hand in bringing a transformation in lighting to life. We have coordinated and promoted the lighting program’s training conferences for years, and in 2008, we began to support the L Prize®, the first technology lighting prize competition to be led by a government agency. The competition challenged the lighting industry to find a replacement of a beloved standby—the common 60 watt light bulb.  You know it well—it’s in table lamps, overhead lights, wall sconces, and offices everywhere.

With support from Akoya, the L Prize team of utility partners, government officials, and independent experts charted new waters with every aspect of the competition. When we sought examples to follow, we learned that they simply didn’t exist in the government world. The team plunged ahead, establishing a website, generating materials to explain rules and expectations, and launching the competition at a major trade show. The Akoya team served as glue to the planning teams and liaison to the industry through all phases of the competition.

In August 2011, a winner was announced, and soon that winning product will be landing on store shelves. It will face the ultimate reality check: will consumers really find it to be a good replacement? Will the price drop like it has for so many other household products? Time will tell the magnitude of the energy savings for Americans. Meanwhile, I can report back to Dad that working on the L Prize can only be described as the professional experience of a lifetime.