Government gives �10m support for research into more efficient lighting

Research and development into more energy efficient lighting, lasers and displays is to be boosted by a £10m investment from the government-sponsored Technology Strategy Board

With lighting accounting for 20 per cent of the UK's power consumption, the Technology Strategy Board believes that energy savings could be made through the development of technologies to improve the efficiency of light sources such as lasers, high brightness LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and displays.

It has allocated £10m to encourage UK companies to carry out R&D in these areas. The investment will help to fund winning projects, which will involve businesses working collaboratively with other businesses and/or with research organisations and academic institutions.

Explaining the decision to invest in this area, Technology Strategy Board chief executive Iain Gray said: "Lighting accounts for up to 20 per cent of the UK's power. As we move towards a lower carbon economy, and recognise the need for more efficient energy use, developing advanced light sources becomes increasingly important.

"The Technology Strategy Board is committed to stimulating the development and deployment of technologies which, while contributing to the UK's climate change goals, also represent major business opportunities for the UK. Advanced light sources are an area where the UK has both an excellent reputation for world-class research activity and a healthy industrial base with the capability to exploit the results globally."

Image: Improving the efficiency of light sources will save energy

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