LONDON Ceravision Ltd. (Milton Keynes, England), developer of a microwave-powered light bulb, has formed an alliance with Toshiba Electronics to accelerate development of magnetrons for lighting applications.
Ceravision, founded in 1997, said it would shortly be releasing a product that would demonstrate power savings of up to 67 percent, reduction in the number of fittings of up to 50 percent, extended lifetimes and increased intelligent lighting controls. The Alvara400 has been designed to replace existing 400-watt lights. Other products for sectors such as street lighting are due to follow shortly afterwards.
The company has recently announced its technology under the name High-Efficiency Plasma. Ceravision's CEO, Tim Reynolds, said the agreement with Toshiba would allow the company to improve the efficiency of its plasma light as well as providing a volume manufacturing source.
"We have tried and tested many commercial magnetrons over the last year and Toshiba has consistently demonstrated industry leading performance. Whilst our high efficiency plasma technology's performance already greatly exceeds that of incumbent technologies, achieving even greater efficiencies remains our primary goal. This partnership will allow us to extend our system advantages whilst further increasing the amount of energy our products save," Reynolds said.
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