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Nakamura’s light bulb: the Global Energy Prize laureate elaborates on LED lightning technology in the Academy of Taiwan

The Global Energy  Prize laureate, Shuji Nakamura, gave a lecture in the Academia Sinica, a preeminent research institution. During his speech the highly recognized scientist explained about the invention of the bright blue LED as well as about the future of the LED lightning.

Nakamura joined the golden galaxy of the Global Energy Prize laureates in 2015 “for the invention, commercialization and development of energy-efficient white LED lighting technology”, and the year before he became the Nobel Prize Laureate “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes.

This technological achievement has opened a completely new way to obtain pure white light, and permitted the further creation of LED bulbs as well as triggered the revolution of the outdoor LED displays. Nowadays the invention of the scientist is widely used: smartphones, digital cameras, television, DVDs, vehicle headlights, aircrafts, and the streetlights.     

White LEDs are almost 2 times more efficient than fluorescent lamps and 10 times – than traditional incandescent bulbs. In addition, their service life can be up to 50 years. According to official data, at their current adoption rate, by 2020, LEDs can reduce the demand for electricity in the amount equal to the output of 60 nuclear power plants.

Previously, Shuji Nakamura stated that very soon the white LEDs could replace traditional incandescent lamps:

"One large company in the near future will begin to sell white LEDs for domestic lighting. However, now the price is relatively high. I think a full update will take place in ten years ", he told.


Note that Academia Sinica is a leading academic institution in Taiwan that collaborates with 31 research institutes across three divisions: mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences and humanities and social sciences. Many of its members also have won notable international prizes including the Balzan Prize, the Wolf Prize and the Nobel Prize.

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