Plessey wins Â£6.7m grant for LED production expansion
Plessey has announced that the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has officially granted Â£6.7 million towards the expansion of the Plessey LED manufacturing facility in Plymouth, England.
Plessey will increase its manufacturing capacity from over 100 million square millimetres of GaN material per year to more than 3 billion square millimetres. The facility modifications will take place during 2015, with additional manufacturing tools and supporting equipment coming on stream from 2015 through to 2017.
Chris Bailey, Plessey's finance director, said: "We are very proud of our local heritage and the RGF funding will contribute to our expansion plans for the Plymouth facility. The expansion will bring additional well paid technical jobs to the site, and strengthen our long term future by providing the base for new lighting technologies and products to be manufactured in the UK. The project also aligns very well with national strategies, such as the Growth Review and it aims to increase and support manufacturing in the UK to make the UK Europe's leading exporter of high value goods and services."
According to a new report: 'Lighting the Clean Revolution: The rise of LED street lighting and what it means for cities', lighting is responsible for 19 percent of global electricity use and around 6 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Doubling lighting efficiency globally through LEDs would have a climate impact equivalent to eliminating half the emissions of all electricity and heat production in the EU.
And, like many other energy-efficient technologies, efficient lighting will boost global prosperity. In the United Kingdom alone, cutting the energy used by lighting by 40 percent would save Â£6.5 billion in annual energy costs, and reduce energy demand equivalent to 33 mid-size power stations.