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Millenium Technology Prize for LEDs – A New Revolutionary Light Source

On 8th of September, professor Shuji Nakamura, the inventor of the blue, geen and white LED (Light emitting diode), got the Millenium Technology Prize 2006, the world’s largest prize for technical inventions (1 million Euros), which have a favourable impact on the quality of life and wellbeing.

Professor Nakamura has invented a new revolutionary light source, of which he says: “Using LEDs for lighting could halve the amount of electricity consumed for this purpose.” This is of particular interest for developing countries. The LEDs can also be used for water processing in the Third World or for purifying the air or proving the presence of biological weapons. White LEDs are also used for handy displays and blue, green and red LEDs in TV-liquid crystal screens. From next year on white LEDs will be used for car headlights and for the lighting of houses. And there are more applications on the way.
The Millenium Technology Prize is awarded every second year by a Finnish foundation for life improving innovations and as a support for humane technological development. The first prize was presented to Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, in 2004.

Improving the quality of life through innovative technology is really an expression of good will, for the advancement of humanity.

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