TSB funds efficient-lighting feasibility studies

Six British companies have won support for carrying out technical feasibility studies in the first phase of a major initiative to develop more energy-efficient lighting for UK homes.

The £1.2m research fund, from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will help the companies to become market leaders in the best ultra energy-efficient lighting, which will contribute to reduced energy consumption.

The companies have been awarded up to £40,000 each to carry out work over the next three months to show the technical feasibility of their proposed concepts.

The feasibility studies will then be assessed and the proposals with the most promising technologies will receive up to £450,000 to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units, which will then be subjected to a vigorous six-month field trial.