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SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for Lighting Products

15 July 2014 to 16 July 2014

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PresentationThe SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for Lighting

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative hosted this webinar for lighting manufacturers interested in entering the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for lighting products. The SEAD Award for efficient lighting seeks to advance energy efficiency by:

  • Recognizing products with the best energy efficiency;
  • Guiding buyers who want to purchase the most energy-efficient products; and
  • Demonstrating achievable levels of efficiency with commercially available and new technologies.

This global competition for lighting products is open for entries from all lighting manufacturers and resellers (labelers) through 3 October 2014. The competition is free for manufacturers aside from the time required to complete the nomination form, and non-winning entries will not be publicized. The winners will be announced in April 2015.

Global awards will be given to lighting products demonstrating the greatest luminous efficacy in 8 classes across 4 categories: general lighting service lamps, directional lamps, planar luminaires (i.e., troffers), and downlight luminaires. Regional awards will also be given across 4 geographic regions – Australia, Europe, India, and North America. By recognizing products across these categories, the competition aims to accelerate efficiency gains in existing technologies and promote new technologies in the market.

In the webinar, SEAD Awards Working Group Chair Chad Gallinat introduced the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition to provide context for the efficient lighting competition within the SEAD Initiative. Lighting expert Mike Scholand will discussed the SEAD lighting competition rules in detail. And, Debbie Karpay Weyl described the nomination process and provided details about the mechanisms of the competition. Presentations were followed by a question and answer session.


Chad GallinatChad Gallinat, Ph.D., Chair, SEAD Awards Working Group, U.S. Department of Energy

Chad Gallinat chairs the SEAD Awards Working Group. Dr. Gallinat joined DOE in 2013 as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an accomplished materials scientist where his research made significant impact in the advancement of semiconductor technologies relevant to a host of light-absorbing and light-emitting applications, including LEDs for solid-state lighting. Prior to joining DOE, he worked in both the private sector and at a national laboratory on research initiatives with importance to both consumer goods and national security. Chad received a doctorate in Materials Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara for his work fabricating a technologically important light-emitting semiconductor material.

Michael ScholandMichael Scholand

Michael Scholand works to support governments and the private sector in the development and implementation of energy-efficiency programmes and policies. With over fifteen years of experience in the energy efficiency field, he has worked on a broad range of appliances and equipment as well as emerging technologies and market transformation programmes. Mr. Scholand has strong analytical and modelling skills, and he is well versed in energy metrics, energy efficient technologies and energy-related analysis. He has worked to support policymakers establishing energy efficiency programmes for lighting products in Canada, Europe and the United States. He works as the Operating Agent Support for the IEA 4E Solid-State Lighting Annex and in that capacity, supported CLASP and SEAD in the development of the rules for this global efficiency medal competition for lighting. Mr. Scholand has also worked as an advisor on technical due diligence work for private equity investors in Europe, and through the United Nations, has provided support to 17 countries in West Africa and the Middle East who are looking to establish minimum energy performance standards for lighting products.

Debbie Karpay WeylDebbie Karpay Weyl, Senior Associate, CLASP

Debbie Karpay Weyl is a Senior Associate at CLASP, providing programmatic support to the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition. Since joining CLASP in 2011, Debbie has participated in original technical research, dissemination and distillation of technical results for policymakers, and project management. Prior to joining CLASP, Debbie worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy supporting energy efficiency programs in the United States. Debbie has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Environmental Policy and International Development.