IP Portfolio Strengthened; New Patent Application Accepted

We are pleased to announce Vu1 has received a Notice of Allowance, from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for a patent application for our ESL lighting technology. The patent title is System and Manufacturing a Cathodoluminescent Lighting Device and the U.S. Patent Application Number is 13/262,594.

Protecting our disruptive lighting technology is of strategic importance to Vu1 and to our shareholders. We now have nine patent allowances and will seek to achieve similar success with the rest of our patent submissions and do what is necessary to protect our IP.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Vu1 Update

As promised in our last blog, I am providing you today with the latest update on the happenings at Vu1.

This morning I spoke with our engineers in China and we now are comfortable saying we will ship Vu1 R30 bulbs for delivery to our channel partners this month. Should anything change, we will notify everyone immediately.

With this latest run, we implemented minor tweaks based on constructive feedback. The Vu1 bulbs being produced are working optimally.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Let Production Begin!

We take great pleasure in announcing our team has now confirmed receipt of and inventoried our components, allowing us to commence production of the Vu1 R30 lamp next week. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Cameron and Stanley who have kept processes moving along smoothly and successfully.

With our manufacturing procedures now solidly in place, we look forward to delivering our quality product to the U.S. in April. I’d like to take this time to once again express a warm thank you to our shareholders, channel partners and future customers for their patience and continued support.

We will be updating you again soon and look forward to providing our “Light Without Compromise” in the near future.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Bay Area Business; Anticipating New Production in China

We are very excited about our new research and development facility in Berkeley, CA.

Cameron and his new team of engineers are busy building test equipment as well as doing some patent work as we wait for the Chinese to return from their month-long new year.

Stanley and Cameron will head back to China upon the Chinese return in a few weeks and begin to prepare for and then commence the next production of bulbs.

More news to come as we have more to share.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Production and Company Update

As mentioned in our last blog, Vu1’s next step was to run lots of 200 and then 300 bulbs to test that the product consistently meets specs. I’m pleased to announce this is complete and both lots passed quality control and testing. The larger lot will be packaged and shipped this weekend and distributed to channel partners as samples.

The components for the next purchase order have been ordered, and Vu1 has paid for this order in full.

I also want to provide an update on our research and development/engineering site in the Bay area. You may be aware that the lease on the first site for the Vu1 office fell through. However, we have identified a new facility and are working on executing a lease. We expect to commence the lease on Feb 1, 2014.

In addition, we have hired multiple engineers in the Bay area to assist in the ramp up of the R30 and future projects.

We are continuing to move forward. I will update you again when pertinent information is made available.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Testing Complete; Final Assembly To Ensue

As reported in our last blog, Vu1 initiated a small run of bulbs in late November. We are pleased to announce preliminary testing has been completed and were successful. The isolated instances of component swapping discovered recently have also been addressed and the proper component (a specific transformer) has been properly installed.

Stanley and Cameron will arrive in China early next week to do two sets of final assembly and testing on a 200-unit lot and a 300-unit lot. The separate components are already assembled and I specifically asked for final assembly to be supervised by Cameron.

Back in the U.S., we believe we have found our new space located in the Bay area and hope to take possession of the lease by the first of the year.  We have also had a great deal of interest and success with preliminary interviews for engineers for the U.S. R&D facility and expect to be hiring after the first as well.

There is great confidence that the issues have been resolved and we expect assembly of the 200- and 300-unit lots to go smoothly and test well. We expect to get some of the 500 unit’s air-delivered back to the U.S. by the end of next week and ready to distribute to our future channel partners

Assuming all testing of the 200 and 300 lots meets specs, we will begin running the line for mass production as soon as practical.

Our goal here is to move precisely so that, if any issues arise, we can reduce the time and cost of making corrections.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

Up and Running

Successful testing on the changes made to the Vu1 R30 bulb is complete. We will now initiate a small run of 300 to 500 bulbs.

The recent issues we experienced are resolved and we are heightening our quality control as a result.

I will report back after testing on the small run has concluded.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

R30 Final Testing Complete This Weekend

We are currently in the final testing stages for changes made to the R30 bulb.  Testing will continue through the weekend and we expect results returned to us next week.

We will communicate these results next week via this blog. At that time, we will also outline the next steps Vu1 is taking to move forward with R30 production.

William B Smith

Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

 

Production Update

We are pleased to announce, our engineers have identified and rectified the issues discussed in our recent business update call.

The team is meeting in person this week to discuss implementation and permanent processes and will travel back to China on October 14th to commence production.

I will provide further updates as needed and thank everyone for their patience.

William B Smith
Chairman and CEO
Vu1 Corporation

 

Vu1 Connects With The Cajun Contractor

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to discuss what is happening with Vu1 Corporation and the development of our R30 bulb on the syndicated radio program Home Talk USA with Michael King.  King (known to his legions of fans as the “Cajun Contractor”) and I discussed the mission and vision of Vu1 and I introduced his audience to Electron Stimulated Luminescence as a superior option to replace incandescent bulbs as they are removed from the marketplace.

After the program aired on September 28, I was provided information ranking the interest of the interview amongst King’s listeners.  Our interview scored substantially higher than the average show.  To me, this demonstrates the likely confusion and therefore interest in what is taking place with the BULB Act and phase out of incandescent lamps.

The show was an excellent opportunity to explain the new technology to a new audience and differentiate our product from the bulbs currently on the market.  As production allows for bulbs to be available to the media and the public, we foresee many more media opportunities to educate consumers about Vu1 lighting.

For those unable to listen to the Home Talk USA interview live, we have provided the recorded version here.  Enjoy.