Click here for the Media Kit
Lighting : Whos Who of Lighting 2008
68 Who's Who of Lighting April 2008 the Government contribution was also matched dollar for dollar by Flurosolar's parent, Skydome Holdings, with the product expected to hit the market in April this year. "The only projects that [the Government] backs are the ones that are risky. If it's guaranteed, you don't get the funds. So it assists you in areas of risk where most corporations would say 'No, I'll wait until this product is commercialised and then I'll go and acquire the technology'," said Maclay. "That's really where the venture capitalists fall a little bit flat, in that they want to see the product commercialised, but they're not too interested in the whole R&D process." The DayRay experience also highlights how the input of Australian universities into innovative technological developments in lighting equipment cannot be underestimated. Other Australian innovations Listed company Bluglass Limited is another Australian success stories. It was recently awarded a $5 million Commercial Ready grant to help commercialise its energy- efficient lighting technology, which will significantly cut the cost of producing gallium nitride, a core component of LEDs. Spun out of a Macquarie University research program stretching over a decade, Bluglass owns a patented process for making low-cost gallium nitride wafers. There are estimates that the gallium nitride market could double over the next four years, from about US$4.5 billion in 2007 to more than US$9 billion by 2011 -- representing enormous opportunity for the start-up. Queensland-based Poly Optics Australia is another company developing innovative new technology. Having developed specialised technology to produce fibre optic cable for transporting and emitting light for specialised applications, it has coupled this with the latest lighting technology using LEDs. With the assistance of funding from the Queensland Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, it has developed an energy-saving lighting system for commercial refrigerators to replace inefficient fluorescent lamps. By the end of the development project, Poly Optics developed an LED refrigerator lamp that used half the power of a standard fluorescent tube, while producing equivalent light output and ambience. By producing less heat within the refrigeration cabinet, the prototype LED lamp reduced overall power consumption by nearly one-third, and reduced the risk of food spoilage. FEATURE IMAGES Above: The customised LED P511 DL module chains by TridonicAtco provide bright and perfectly uniform backlighting for large- format logos and letters. Renault has opted for white LED light for the redesign of the illuminated signage elements at its 12,000 dealerships worldwide. The Renault letters shine bright white at night and in dark grey during the day. Images courtesy of TridonicAtco, ©E.Legouhy.
Media Kit 2009