Bright ideas for more efficient living

With urbanization increasing at a rapid rate, the demand for energy is growing all the time. This puts huge pressure on cities to adapt, think differently about how they use resources and try to do more with less.

A great example of how adopting more sustainable solutions can benefit urban areas and their residents is city lighting – which is getting both smarter and more efficient, thanks to the growing popularity of LEDs. Not only do they consume less energy than traditional lighting, LEDs also help to make our cities safer, more welcoming and more colorful.

In fact, LEDs are so important to the modern world that the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to a trio of scientists for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes. This enabled a new generation of bright, energy efficient white lamps, as well as color LED screens.

Globally, the general LED lighting market is growing all the time – particularly in Asia – with India considering converting its 27.5 million streetlamps to LEDs over a period of three years. This continued growth and increasing market penetration enables AkzoNobel to build on its position as a leader in sustainability and a major player in providing key products for LED manufacture.

We are a leading supplier of what are known as high purity metal organic (HPMO) precursors – an essential ingredient for LED chips. Without them, there would be no LEDs. These HPMOs are used to grow a very thin crystal layer of semiconductor material on a wafer. This is the active layer which emits the light and helps to make our cities brighter, safer and more human.