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Researchers invent nano lightbulbs that could save energy

Staff writer, with CNA

A National Defense University research team has recently begun using nano-carbon materials to develop lightbulbs and tubes that are more energy-efficient than those currently available.

Ger Ming-der (葛明德), a professor in the Department of Chemical and Material Engineering at Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, said he and his team have received a local patent for their invention.

“We’re seeking more cooperative opportunities with private businesses to improve our invention so that it can be mass produced,” Ger said.

Unlike LED lighting products, the team’s invention employs nano-carbon materials that can be used to produce a light source in a mercury-free manufacturing process, he said.

The technology also uses a simple structure and has a high degree of luminous efficiency, as well as improved color rendering, Ger said.

Another feature of the invention is that it can be integrated into the country’s traditional lightbulb industry, he said.

The team has completed a prototype for the energy-saving lightbulb, he said, adding that it could be put into mass production in the second half of next year, once some minor problems have been addressed.

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