BMW i8 Laser Light Technology Wins Innovation Award

DEC 13 2014 BY STAFF 5

The Berthold Leibinger Foundation awarded Dr. Helmut Erdl and Dr. Abdelmalek Hanafi of BMW Group the second innovation prize. The award recognizes the candidates for the development and implementation of a new high-brightness white light source that enhances the visibility of vehicle drivers. On June 5th, the BMW i8 with laser-based lighting systems were delivered to customers.

“We are honored to receive this prize that represents the second best laser applications worldwide during the last two years out of 32 applications according to a jury composed of top scientists and industrials. The competition was extremely hard,” said Erdl and Hanafi.

“Our innovation is indeed a game changer not only in the automotive lighting sector, but in the illumination sector in general.” commented Erdl and Hanafi. “This prize is actually a tribute to the whole automotive sector as well as to the entire contributors to the advances in GaN-based solid state lighting,” added Erdl and Hanafi.

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BMW i8 Awarded For Laser Light Technology

BMW i8 Awarded For Laser Light Technology

Dr. Alexander A. Oraevsky of Tomo Wave Laboratories Inc. USA is the 2014 first innovation prize winner in recognition of his important work on laser opto-acoustic imaging applied to cancer diagnosis purposes. Prof. Hwa-yaw Tam, Prof. Siu Lau Ho and Dr. Shun-Yee Michael Liu of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University are the third innovation prize winners for a laser-sensor network for monitoring railway traffic.

The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize has been awarded every two years since 2002 for outstanding achievement in the development of forward-looking laser-light applications.

The Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize award recognizes and promotes researchers and developers, who take new directions in the application of lasers. The foundation has been awarding the prize every two years since 2000 for excellent research and development work in the application or generation of laser light. It is one of the most prestigious international innovation awards for laser technology. The jury of 11 judges is made up of internationally acclaimed scientists and leading managers of technology corporations.

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I wonder what would be the cost reduction potential of this laser technology? Can we make affordable E27 light bulb from it?

What interest me personally most is that can it be used as growthlight in greenhouses? 50 % reduction of electricity consumption compared to LED technology, could be significant enough electricity saving that it would allow higher upfront cost of laser technology.

I guess that laser technology still needs at least 90 % cost reduction to be competitive with LED lights. But of course this should be doable, because since 2005 we already have seen more than 90 % of cost reduction in lithium-ion batteries, solar panels and LED lights. So, if laser lights are properly incentivized, then we could well see similar rapid cost reduction of laser technology.

Lasers tend to produce a narrow spectrum, so they proabably aren’t the best choice for growing plants.

The laser itself is not producing the light. The laser beam excites another compound, that then produces the visible light. It is all about the chemistry.
<3 Lasers

The car strikes me as one having some great technology, but where the sum of the parts does not equate to a superior vehicle.
Also way too expensive, but that may partly be the extra cost for things like the award winning laser lights.

At in excess of $10k for the ‘lay-zurrrr’ head lights alone, yes, you are right! Give me a real EV Model S any day. And you can charge it quickly on long trips… And it’s half the price!