Sapphire Industry Watch – February 13

  • Rubicon Technology produces large-area sapphire windows – Aerospace Manufacturing and Design: Rubicon Technology has successfully produced the first synthetic sapphire crystal of its size and thickness, meeting a key milestone in its Large-Area Net-Shape Crystal Extraction (LANCE) project. At 36″ x 18″ x 2″, this piece of sapphire will serve the demanding needs of defense applications, along with future commercial and industrial applications.
  • Madrid’s LED bulbs are street lights ahead of the world (VIDEO) – Malay Mail Online: In an effort to reduce energy consumption, Madrid plans to replace 225,000 traditional street light bulbs with LEDs. The switch is expected to save the city 36 percent of annual energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of that generated by 100,000 vehicles in one year.
  • Jefferson scientist’s study of SAD took him to space and back – Lack of light is scientifically proven to be one of the most depressing things about winter. Neuroscientist George Brainard has been testing the biological impact of light and its connection with those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). His studies have led him to predict that LED lights will soon displace all other forms of lighting because they offer more flexibility in brightness and color, improving overall health and well-being.
  • Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient – Lighting and software engineers are working on a new breed of LED street lights that contain sensors with the ability to gather traffic data. The traffic data collected could help ease congestion and help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections. These LEDs are building off of existing technologies that have the ability to dim outdoor lights when no one is around.

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