DANBURY, Conn., July 14, 2010 — Praxair Electronics, a division of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), has been selected by Bridgelux, Inc. to supply its advanced technology LED (light-emitting diode) design and manufacturing center in Livermore, Calif. with ammonia and high-purity hydrogen. Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions.
Ammonia and high-purity hydrogen are critical raw materials in the growth of the near-perfect gallium nitride crystals that comprise the semiconducting portion of LED-based light sources.
Praxair has installed its advanced ammonia-delivery system, equipped with the highly reliable SureFlow™ control technology and a patented heat-control design, at Bridgelux’s Livermore facility. Bridgelux chose Praxair’s 10-metric-ton ISO container, configured for vapor-phase delivery of the ammonia, which is inherently safer to operate than liquid draw systems. The high-capacity bulk system is capable of delivering sustained ammonia flow rates over 2,000 standard liters per minute, with a peak flow capacity over 3,000 standard liters per minute.
Praxair’s system features full equipment monitoring to ensure reliable process control and eliminates the need for a large number of cylinder change-outs, which reduces costs and improves safety and reliability.
“Praxair has been an important partner in the expansion of Bridgelux’s manufacturing operations,” said Mike Peanasky, Bridgelux vice president of Manufacturing. “As Bridgelux continues to drive product performance and technical innovation in solid-state lighting, the high-quality Praxair products are instrumental to those efforts.”
“Repeat selection by Bridgelux of our high-purity ammonia and gas delivery technologies, and Bridgelux’s adoption of our high-purity hydrogen system, underscores Praxair’s position as a premier supplier to the LED and electronics market,” said Mark Murphy, president, Praxair Electronics.
Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions transforming the $40 billion global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore, California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid-state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light-emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems. Bridgelux’s patented light source technology replaces traditional technologies (such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high intensity discharge lighting) with integrated, solid-state lighting solutions that enable lamp and luminaire manufacturers to provide high performance and energy-efficient white light for the rapidly growing interior and exterior lighting markets, including street lights, commercial lighting and consumer applications. With more than 275 patent applications filed or granted worldwide, Bridgelux is the only vertically integrated LED manufacturer and developer of solid-state light sources that designs its solutions specifically for the lighting industry. For more information about the company, please visit www.bridgelux.com
About Praxair Electronics
Praxair Electronics offers a broad portfolio of advanced technical resources; bulk, onsite and specialty gases; gas handling and distribution systems and services; and sputtering targets to the photovoltaic, display, and semiconductor markets.
About Praxair, Inc.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2009 sales of $9 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.