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Monday, June 1, 2009
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GE Lamps Generate Tranquil Atmosphere at African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument. - Image 1
African Burial Ground National Monument. - Image 2
African Burial Ground National Monument. Photography by: John Bartelstone Photography.

The African Burial Ground National Monument in Cleveland, OH, commemorates the estimated 15,000 free and enslaved peoples interred at this 6.6-acre site, lending dignity and peace to this newly discovered resting place. The GE Consumer & Industrial lighting solution is designed to be intimate and respectful.

Discreet grade-recessed uplights, with GE 20-watt ConstantColor® CMH® MR16 lamps, draw the eye to ceremonial court symbols. Deeply shielded 4000-K SPL1000-watt PAR64 metal halide floodlights, located atop the adjacent federal office building, evoke tranquil moonlight. All luminaires are easily accessible for maintenance.

Trees, illuminated with grade-recessed GE 39-watt CMH® PAR20 uplights, signify hope, and define the park’s perimeter. Concealed low-voltage underwater-fountain luminaires, with 50-watt Turn & Lock ConstantColor® MR16 halogen flood lamps, reveal the slender moat, and give form to the Central Ancestral Libation Chamber. Somber, yet welcoming, this chamber is flanked by stone benches, with 3000-K LEDs tucked securely underneath, offering respite and contrast.

A time clock/photocell-activated preset lighting-control system makes the monument a “good neighbor,” allowing the Park Service the opportunity to de-energize select lighting elements as needed.

Consistent with the memorial’s mission, all luminaires and lamps were donated by manufacturers. Lighting designers Domingo González and Nancy Lok accepted no fee for this effort. Serene and contemplative, the lighting bears nighttime witness to spirits long lost but not forgotten.

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A “Light Bulb” Moment For People With Dementia
Case Western Reserve University–led collaboration tests whether new fluorescent lighting developed by GE can synchronize hospitalized patients’ sleep-wake cycles
Change the lighting; improve your health. It’s a strategy researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center and GE Consumer & Industrial have begun to test in a long-term care facility where daylight, which has proven health benefits, is not readily available.

The Green Bank
Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy Requires Targeted Financing to Encourage Private-Sector Participation
The debate over energy legislation begins in Congress, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. The United States is falling behind in the space race of our generation—building long-term economic prosperity powered by low-carbon energy.

DOE to Establish Energy Frontier Research Center at NREL
Center to study new solar materials by combining predictive theory with experiment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be home to a new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) established by the DOE Office of Science.

Plastic That Grows On Trees
One-step process derives raw material for fuels and plastic from plants rather than crude oil
Some researchers hope to turn plants into a renewable, nonpolluting replacement for crude oil. To achieve this, scientists have to learn how to convert plant biomass into a building block for plastics and fuels cheaply and efficiently.

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On the Hill/Around the Nation

A Win on Top State Issue: Illinois Passes Sales Tax Exemption for Wind
In a victory that was considered a top state priority among wind power advocates, the Illinois state House of Representatives this week passed a bill allowing wind projects to claim a complete sales tax exemption, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk.

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International News

Siemens To Produce Wind Turbines In China
Technology group Siemens says it is expanding its global manufacturing network for wind turbine plants and is building a new production facility in Lingang New City in Shanghai, China.

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