updated 8/31/2010 4:45:49 PM ET 2010-08-31T20:45:49

SOLON, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFOI), a leader in providing energy efficient lighting solutions, today announced that its research and development team has recently been selected to receive funding on three projects: a Phase I Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant to develop additional LED lighting fixtures based on its proprietary Intellitube™ technology for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); increased VHESC funding to accelerate the development of advanced coatings; and a grant for the development of advanced optical designs totaling about $410,000.

Roger Buelow, Energy Focus CTO, commented, "We're especially excited about this additional funding since the work on all three projects directly contributes to the development of our LED Intellitube technology. The result will be products that can offer both significant energy savings and longer life over fluorescent bulb alternatives for commercial as well as military applications. We believe that our award of the Phase I SBIR can be attributed to our success in the $1.4 Million NAVSEA contract and the huge potential of our LED Intellitube technology"

Joseph Kaveski, CEO, Energy Focus, added: "We are pleased to announce the additional $0.4 million in funding landed by Roger and his team. This brings external funding of R&D projects announced in 2010 to $3 Million. We're especially pleased that the work aligns well with our current efforts to develop our next generation Intellitube energy efficient lighting system." 

About Energy Focus, Inc.

Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of turnkey energy efficient lighting solutions. These solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Government includes numerous research and development projects for the DOE and DARPA, creating energy efficient LED lighting systems for the U.S. Navy Fleet and the next generation Very High Efficiency Solar Cell. Customers include supermarket chains, the U.S. government, state and local governmental agencies, retail stores, museums, theme parks and casinos, hotels, swimming pool builders and many others. Company headquarters are located in Solon, OH, with additional offices in Nashville, TN, Pleasanton, CA, and the United Kingdom. For more information, see www.energyfocusinc.com

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Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding our future business outlook, our products, our solutions, and our work with leading customers including governmental agencies. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. For more information about potential factors that could affect Energy Focus financial results, please refer to the Company's SEC reports, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Energy Focus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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