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Troy, N.Y. -  12/16/2010

Swedish Energy Agency Partners with Lighting Research Center

Swedish Energy Agency

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) welcomes the Swedish Energy Agency as the newest member of the LRC Partners Program, which is designed to coordinate the efforts of public and private organizations to advance lighting research, education, and technology.

 Headquartered in Eskilstuna, the Swedish Energy Agency is a government organization focused on Sweden’s national energy policy issues and promoting the development of an energy infrastructure that is environmentally and economically sustainable. 
The LRC will work with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) to enhance and supplement SEA’s energy efficiency research and outreach education efforts, as well as explore the development of new technology opportunities in such areas as daylight harvesting and solid-state lighting. The partnership also is in alignment with the SEA’s broader international scope of energy research collaborations to increase use of renewable energy sources and develop new, more efficient energy technologies and systems.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome another member into the LRC Partners Program to work toward more energy-efficient and effective lighting practice,” said LRC Director Mark Rea, Ph.D. “The LRC will support the Swedish Energy Agency’s goal of becoming the lighting research and education hub for all of Sweden.” 
“The Swedish Energy Agency looks forward to collaborating with the Lighting Research Center to enhance our efforts to promote efficient and sustainable use of lighting,” said Andres Muld, Head of the Energy Efficient Department, The Swedish Energy Agency.
In addition to the Swedish Energy Agency, current LRC partners include AES Latin America, California Energy Commission, Con Edison, GE Lighting, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc., Philips Lighting, Philips Professional Luminaires North America, United States Environmental Protection Agency, WattStopper, and Xcel Energy. 

About the Swedish Energy Agency
The Swedish Energy Agency is a government agency for national energy policy issues. The Agency’s headquarters are in Eskilstuna and it has around 250 employees. Its mission is to promote the development of Sweden’s energy system so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable. For more information, visit

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."