Sapphire Industry Watch – July 17

  • Photos: Clean energy innovations are lighting up Africa – Quartz: In 2013, President Barack Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to bring 30,000 megawatts of clean electricity to sub-Saharan Africa, where 600 million people live without power. Supported by the US Agency for International Development, 4,100 megawatts of power have been delivered so far, a portion of which has come in the form of solar LED lamps.
  • University of Buffalo invention takes new approach to fighting insomnia – ABC 8 News: A University of Buffalo professor is spearheading research that aims to cure insomnia – something that more than 60 million Americans suffer from. Her invention called “Re-timers”, are LED light goggles that can reset the brain’s natural sleep cycle. Using green LED lighting, the goggles shut off Melatonin in the early morning in order to advance sleep rhythms come evening.
  • How smart lighting has the potential to reduce energy costs by 90% – First Post: Internet of Things (IoT) architectures are rapidly driving smart lighting technology, so much so, that the worldwide commercial space for smart lighting is expected to double in 2015. According to Gartner, smart lighting installations in office buildings and industrial areas have the potential to reduce energy costs by 90 percent, while LED installations alone result in energy savings of approximately 50 percent.
  • LED grow light market worth $1.9B by 2020 – Compound Semiconductor: A new MarketsandMarkets report forecasts that the LED grow light market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent over the next five years. As awareness of LED grow lights’ benefits increases, the market will experience a high growth phase in applications such as vertical farming, commercial greenhouse and indoor farming.