Speaker: Morgan Pattison, Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy Lighting R&D Program
Host: Energy and Efficiency Institute
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Abstract: LED lighting technology is already enabling massive energy savings with more to come. However, we must look beyond the job of just providing the same light more efficiently. Advanced LED technology is the key enabler for improved lighting quality and control of light. With new lighting designs and form factors, LED lighting can improve human health and productivity, enable more efficient and effective food production, and reduce light pollution and associated impacts of light on the environment. To fully capture these benefits, we need ongoing technology research, innovative thinking in lighting design and integration, and new research and understanding of all lighting applications.
This talk will discuss the basic optoelectronic device and materials science of state-of-the-art LEDs, new understanding of the health implications of lighting, and the latest understanding of plant physiological responses to light and the large-scale implementation of LED lighting for horticulture. In addition, the talk will touch on how LED technology can reduce skyglow and light pollution that can adversely affect wildlife. LED lighting technology is a unique opportunity to directly connect advancements in semiconductor and luminescent materials to human benefits in terms of environmental and ecological benefits, human health, and more efficient food production at very large scale.
Bio: Dr. Morgan Pattison serves as consulting Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy Lighting R&D Program through his consulting business SSLS, Inc. In this capacity, Morgan manages R&D strategy, monitors funded R&D efforts, and evaluates new LED technologies and application understanding for the DOE, including efforts in human physiological responses to light and horticulture. Morgan has worked for the DOE Lighting R&D Program for over 12 years and works with the National Park Service to develop lighting practices that preserve the natural ecosystem. Other SSLS clients include investors, product developers, growers, and lighting buyers. Morgan has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara with thesis research on advanced LED device design and fabrication.