Cree Announces First LED City™ In China

March 02, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Cree, Inc. announced that the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA) in China joined the LED City™ program. The LED City program is an international initiative to promote and deploy energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. TEDA is the first city area in China to join the consortium of cities in evaluating and deploying LED lighting technology across their municipal infrastructures.

Over the past two years, TEDA partnered with Tianjin Polytechnic University in a large, student-produced LED street lighting project. Twenty graduate students, directed by Professor Pingjuan Niu, Ph.D., designed, produced and installed approximately 1,500 LED streetlights. These LED fixtures were installed more than a year ago to illuminate 15km along the university’s streets.

"On behalf of TEDA, I am excited to announce our participation in helping to advance the adoption of energy efficient and environmentally sound LED lighting in China," noted Ai Yaming, TEDA Vice Chairman. "LED lighting not only reduces significantly the amount of energy we use for illumination, it also does not contain toxic materials such as mercury or lead. In addition to the energy and cost benefits, TEDA and the Tianjin Polytechnic University support the development and manufacturing of high-quality LED fixtures in our region for even greater economic benefit."

"Our students’ work speaks for itself," said Pingjuan Niu, Ph.D., Professor of the Solid-State Lighting R&D Center at Tianjin Polytechnic University. "LED technology is the most important new development for energy and cost savings in the lighting industry. Our university, its students and TEDA are developing expertise in making the best quality LED lighting with the intent to help accelerate the adoption of LED lighting in China and to increase the economic opportunity for our region. We are especially proud of our initial successes and participation in the international LED City initiative with Cree."

"We are excited to launch the LED City program in China by welcoming TEDA as our newest participant," noted Chris James, Cree Vice President of Marketing. "The LED street lighting project at Tianjin Polytechnic University is impressive in scale and in the level of quality achieved by Dr. Niu and her students. We encourage other Chinese cities and universities to join with these innovators to help us work to significantly reduce the amount of energy used for lighting throughout the world and to accelerate the adoption of this new technology through innovative design and manufacturing here in China."