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'Green' displays to take center stage

Posted: 28 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:display green? LED? LCD? energy efficiency?

The Green Display Expo slated in July is set to explore how technology, standards and regulations will affect display use and disposal.

The event is billed as the first display conference dedicated to green topics as well as broader application areas for displays. "Green products have been popular in Europe and Asia for some time, but the desire to go green has now become a clear and important trend in the U.S.," said Chris Chinnock, president of Insight Media, producer of the event.

Chinnock said that since more products are incorporating displays, understanding their environmental impact is more important than ever. "This ecosystem is more than simply looking at the energy usage of a product. It means understanding the energy, carbon footprint and chemical/biological factors involved in making the products from materials to components, from manufacture to distribution."

The conference will examine energy efficiency in displays and the recycling of old displays. For example, while LEDs used in LCDs may lower energy usage, they may consume more energy during fabrication and generate hazardous manufacturing by-products.

The conference will also explore regulatory compliance and whether it is possible to adopt green practices and still make a profit.

Insight Media's latest report on green displays will seek to define "green" displays and whether lowering power consumption by 10 percent on a next-generation display in fact makes it green?

The expo is "designed to understand all the forces shaping the greening of the display industry and to forge ways that can bring both health and profits to those involved while avoiding costly mistakes because of misinformation about these key trends," said Chinnock.

Scheduled speakers include officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Kent Displays, Qualcomm and the Liquid Crystal Division of Merck.

Technology trends to be addressed at the conference include LCD, emissive and projection displays.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
EE Times

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