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Lighting pioneer wins energy award

In our upcoming February issue, EA will take a detailed look at building efficiency—including the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and its LEED certification program. This program includes a number of different elements to foster green performance in both commercial and residential structures, including duct and insulation, envelope design, and lighting. The last of these is a field that recently produced an award recipient.

Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura, Professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California and Co-Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize at an awards ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on January 17.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Crown Prince and head military commander, presented the award at the conference from Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Nakamura was recognized for his pioneering research developing light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which paved the way for a number of technological breakthroughs including energy-efficient lightbulbs.

Wednesday’s awards ceremony took place before an audience of international dignitaries and thousands of ADSW attendees representing more than 170 countries, according to a joint press release e-mailed to EA by Andy Hoglund of Rasky Partners media company.

Nakamura is no stranger to major awards, having received the Nobel Prize in 2014 for his discovery with fellow researchers from Nagoya University of blue LEDs. Nakamura’s work on blue lasers and LEDs led to the commercialization of Blu-ray discs, as well as other applications now commonplace in TVs, mobile phones and movie projectors. He holds no fewer than 500 patents today.

“To be recognized alongside such global personalities is a tremendous honour. Initiatives such as the Zayed Future Energy Prize raise public awareness of scientific research and innovation and play an essential role in helping to take bold ideas from the laboratory into the field,” Nakamura said.

The US Department of Energy calculates that LEDs will have achieved energy efficiency savings of more than $30 billion in the US alone by 2027. LED lighting is responsible for displacing an estimated 880,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (the equivalent of nearly 2 million barrels of oil), while extending access to modern lighting to around 10 million people, of whom 9 million live below the poverty line in Africa.

Previous recipients of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Lifetime Achievement Award include Dipal Barua, Amory B Lovins, Dr Ashok Gadgil, Professor Jose Goldemberg, Wang Chuan Fu, Al Gore, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, and Li Junfeng.

“I would like to pay tribute to the many communities, innovators and inspiring individuals who have promoted the adoption of more energy efficient technologies, turning cutting-edge science into affordable everyday commodities,” Nakamura added.


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