LED Lighting Seminar for Manufacturers in South Asia successfully concluded

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LED Lighting Seminar for Manufacturers in South Asia
June 29 – July 01, 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Regional Center for Lighting (RCL), along with its knowledge partner Lighting Research Center(LRC), of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, NY, USA, successfully conducted a three-day seminar and training on LED (light emitting diode) technology, operation, and application for lighting system and electronic component manufacturers in South Asia during the period June 29 – July 01, 2010, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The training was designed to meet the needs of engineers, technicians, and product designers/developers concerning electrical, optical, thermal, and other issues involved in the design, development, and manufacture of LED lighting systems and subsystems.

Prof.Nadarajah Narendran, Prof.Jean Paul Freyssinier , Dr.Yiting Zhu and Mr. Asiri Jayawardena from Lighting Research Center and Prof. Rahula Attalage, from University of Moratuwa presented the interactive seminar which included lectures, hands-on demonstrations of lighting technologies and workshop sessions. Fourteen participants representing lighting industry in the region took part in the seminar. They received three continuing education credits and an LED lighting certificate from the LRC at the conclusion of the seminar.

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Hon. Minister of Power and Energy in Sri Lanka, Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka was the chief guest for the closing ceremony. Mr. M.M.C. Ferdinando, Secreratary, Ministry of Power and Energy, the Mission Director of USAID in Colombo Ms. Rebeca Cohn, the Chairman and Board of Directors, Director General and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, the Chairman, General Manager and the senior officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board, academics, heads of the lighting companies were among the other dignitaries who attended.

The Hon. Minister highlighted the role that could be played by solid state lighting technologies in reducing high peak load experienced by the electricity grid at present. The demand for lighting has been increased in a rapid pace in relation to the high rate of household electrification and has posed a severe challenge to the electricity utility. He stressed the importance of understanding the intricate details of this new rapidly advancing technology, component sourcing, assembly and effective use in order to obtain optimum benefits and importance of having necessary guidelines, standards in force in order to avoid substandard products flooding the market.

The training was held at the new area identified for the RCL facility, and Chairman, SLSEA elaborated the plans that are underway to establish a world-class training facility, demonstration centre and a photometry laboratory for the benefit of whole of the south Asia.

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