San Jose, CA —There's a new record in efficiency for LEDs. According to LumiLeds Lighting (a joint venture of Agilent Technologies and Philips Lighting), its latest InGaN (indium gallium nitride) devices have wallplug efficiencies (WPE) of 25% at 425-nm (purple) wavelength, running at 250 mA dc. The previous reported industry record was 22%. WPE is considered a "real world" quantity, measuring optical output power divided by electrical energy input. The devices emit more than 200 mW of optical power.
Frank Steranka, LumiLeds materials R & D and product development manager, adds, "We are exhibiting up to 55 lumen devices in certain colors." Applications in-clude LCD monitors and TVs, with brighter colors and lower pow-er consumption, and consumer uses such as flashlights.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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