U.S. Department of Energy


Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires Challenge

The U.S Department of Energy is seeking new concepts in SSL luminaires, designed to manufacture with sustainable, recycled materials.
Winners Attend DOE SSL R&D Workshop in Dallas, TX

Challenge Overview

*Prize eligibility limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents*


Light emitting diode (LED) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) based solid state lighting (SSL) are revolutionizing the lighting industry. Not only is SSL much more efficient than conventional lighting technologies, the new levels of control by SSL enable improved lighting performance, can improve health and productivity, and can enable additional energy savings through more efficient delivery of light. The efficiency of SSL still has room to improve through scientific, integration, and manufacturing breakthroughs. More information on the status of cost and performance of SSL products can be found in the 2017 Department of Energy Solid State Lighting Research & Development Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites submissions for new concepts in SSL luminaires designed to manufacture with sustainable, recycled materials. The majority of SSL luminaires still use aluminum and other energy dense structural and thermal materials in their designs and manufacturing processes. The use of LEDs and OLEDs for lighting enables consideration of a broader range of materials for the structural, thermal, and optical components within a luminaire. The use of innovative materials in the luminaire design could reduce both parts and manufacturing cost of the luminaire. 

DOE will award prizes for up to two meaningful SSL manufacturing concepts for this contest. The first place submission will receive $6,000 and second place will receive $3,000.

This challenge is part of the U.S. Department of Energy Manufacturing Innovator Challenge-- a series of challenges that focus on advances in additive manufacturing. The Manufacturing Innovator Challenge offers applicants an opportunity to submit innovative design concepts for additive manufacturing and other topics within several technology areas, including bioenergy, buildings, and vehicle technologies. Individual prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 will be awarded to innovators with the best solutions for today's manufacturing challenges. You can view other challenges from the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge here.


Check out the 'Guidelines' tab to learn more about what is required for challenge submissions.


Challenge Timeline

Oct. 9, 2019, 2 p.m. PDT
Oct. 9, 2019, 2:07 p.m. PDT
Date Launched
Nov. 4, 2019, midnight PST
Submission Deadline
Jan. 28, 2020, midnight PST
Winners Attend DOE SSL R&D Workshop in Dallas, TX
Aug. 3, 2020, 8:50 a.m. PDT
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