A recent conference in China confirmed the country’s interest in developing solid-state lighting infrastructure. Bob Steele of Strategies Unlimited reports from the China International Forum on Solid-State Lighting (CIFSSL’05).
The second such conference of its kind (the first was held in Shanghai in March 2004), the China International Forum on Solid-State Lighting was held in Xiamen on April 12-15, 2005. Xiamen is on the southeast coast of China (Fujian Province), and is directly across the Taiwan Strait from Taiwan.
I t is also one of the five cities designated by the Chinese government as industrial bases for semiconductor lighting (the others are Shanghai, Dalian, Nanchang and Shenzhen).
CIFSSL’05 was organized and sponsored by the Governing Committee for China Solid State Lighting, the China Illumination Engineering Society, the China Association of Lighting Industry, the Xiamen Science and Technology Bureau, and variety of other Chinese government agencies and organizations, including the ChineseAcademy of Sciences. Conference Chairmen were Prof. Gan Zizhao and Prof. Chen Lianghui of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Ian Ferguson of Georgia Tech, and Prof. Asif Khan of the Universityof South Carolina.
Indicative of the importance attached to the development of solid-state lighting at the highest levels of the Chinese government, the conference’s Honorary Chairman was Ma Songde, Vice Minister of Science and Technology. Vice Minister Ma also attended the conference and gave the opening address. In his remarks, he noted that while most of the technology and industrial capacityfor solid-state lighting now reside in the US, Europe and Japan, as well as parts of Asia such as Korea and Taiwan, China will soon have its own high-end LED capacity, as well as a powerful R&D infrastructure. However this will require international collaboration and formation of industrial alliances.
Solid-state lighting programs
The Chinese government has placed a high priority on the development of solid-state lighting as a partial solution to the country’s growing energy problem. China imports almost all of its oil requirements, and depends heavily on domestically produced coal for power generation, resulting in serious air pollution problems in many Chinese cities. If highly efficient solid-state lighting is widely adopted over the next five years, a significant reduction in energy demand could be realized.
To achieve the potential for solid-state lighting, China has inaugurated an ambitious national program, which was described in detail at CIFSSL‘05 by Wu Ling, Director of the National Semiconductor Lighting Engineering Project Office. A similar presentation was given by Madame Wu at the Strategies in Light conference in February, which was described in a previous article in LEDs Magazine