Energy Focus, Inc. announced it has been offered, accepted and is now under contract to develop the All Platform Affordable LED (APALED) Lighting project for the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), representing over $50 million opportunity for the Company in addition to the retrofit opportunities for existing ships, over the next 10 years.
The APALED program, targeted specifically at new Navy ships, is to develop, build and test an all-platform light-emitting diode (APALED) lighting system, with the goal of creating a "New Best" solution for replacement of the Navy's 1, 2 and 3 bulb fluorescent fixtures. The fixtures, utilizing Energy Focus M1 IntelliTube LED lamps are expected to be used for general lighting in the 142 new vessels the Navy plans to build over the next ten years.
The entire breadth of shipbuilder's lighting needs are best served by the Solid State Lighting (SSL) upgrade generated in this project. This solution becomes the only way to achieve instant cost avoidance and still upgrade to SSL lighting while being compatible with the existing Navy SSL solution which utilizes Energy Focus' M1 IntelliTube as a retrofit lamp. APALED utilizes Energy Focus' M1 IntelliTube lamp, building a new fixture set around it which provides additional benefits to the shipbuilder including reduced cost, complexity, wiring, size and weight.
"This program is incredibly encouraging and beneficial to both the Navy as well as Energy Focus, Inc.," said Energy Focus President, Eric Hilliard. "Over its expected design life the APALED fixture is expected to save the Navy more than $100 million dollars. It's also important to Energy Focus because it further solidifies Energy Focus as the only authorized provider for new LED installations as well as retrofits with its M1 IntelliTube products. Last but not least, as part of our strategy to penetrate and lead the government maritime lighting market, this contract brings us another $50 million sales opportunity in addition to the $300 million LED retrofit opportunities for existing Navy ships."