Production Scale-Up of High Efficiency Adjustable Lighting Products

Production Scale-up of High Efficiency Adjustable Lighting Products

Glint Photonics, Inc.

Recipient

Burlingame, CA

Recipient Location

13th

Senate District

22nd

Assembly District

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$1,957,334

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Projects Updates/The Results

In 2020, the recipient continued to refine the product design, assembly processes, and supplier relationships required for Glint's lighting technology products to improve manufacturability, ensure quality, achieve certification, and reduce production cost. Glint recently redesigned internal mechanical parts to address issues in optical alignment and has since built test units which have met cosmetic appearance and photometric performance targets. In early 2021, Glint will submit their Hero product to a nationally recognized test laboratory for test and certification against the relevant safety standards. Glint also plans to establish and qualify an in-house pilot line in order to be capable of low rate initial production of the Hero product by the end of this agreement.

The Issue

An estimated 41 TWh of electricity is used annually on lighting by California IOU ratepayers, yet the majority of the generated light is wasted. Spaces are typically over-lit in order to achieve required light levels in all areas, all the time. Department of Energy studies indicate that 2x-3x efficiency improvements are possible through improved light utilization. Utilization efficiency improvements will have to come from innovation at the luminaire level, not at the LED source level. However, luminaire level innovations in particular are often overlooked in favor of more fundamental materials-based technologies.

Project Innovation

Glint Photonics has pioneered revolutionary high-efficiency solid-state lighting products that use proprietary optical designs to provide precise control over light distribution, greatly increasing the amount of light that is delivered to the intended target and reducing unpleasant glare. The production scale-up work will focus on Glint's Hero family of luminaires. The objectives are (1) to refine the product design for production, focusing on improvements to manufacturability, quality, and cost; (2) to develop and qualify manufacturing processes, and build Glint's organizational capability to manage pilot production quality and operations; and (3) establish, qualify, and certify a pilot production line in partnership with a California-based contract manufacturer. At the conclusion of the project, the recipient will be ready to begin low-rate pilot production of Hero products and will have a strong foundation in place for scaling to mass production over time.

Project Benefits

This technology can provide up to 10.2 TWh annual energy savings in California IOU territories. This a very significant contributor to the state's Zero Net Energy building goals, as set out in the CPUC's Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and the Energy Commission's IEPR. The luminaires can also help meet the California Air Resources Board's Climate Change Scoping Plan target of 32 TWh of reduced energy consumption via energy efficiency improvements.

Consumer Appeal

Consumer Appeal

Customers will enjoy a variety of benefits, including: better lighting distribution, less time spent on re-aiming lighting (e.g., product displays, event centers, and galleries), and ability to remotely adjust scene-lighting (e.g., typically experienced in theaters).

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

This system lowers costs by saving energy and by reducing the number of luminaires that need to be installed in a particular space. Based on prototype performance, Glint’s Hero products can deliver improved lighting quality and real-world energy efficiency improvements of approximately 50% over current products.

Key Project Members

Project Member

Peter Kozodoy

Principal Investigator

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