The world of materials science is a fascinating dimension. Findings in materials which were first made many years ago may lead to new frontiers for energy technologies. In these days of increasingly urgent needs for environmental progress, it is a pleasure for a materials scientist to explore materials concepts with potential advances in energy and environmental, or even biomedical, engineering. Already in 1907 it was observed that there could be light emission from an indirect bandgap material namely, carborundum which is an early name of silicon carbide. This observation is referred to as the first report of a light emitting diode. Now more than 100 years after, the silicon carbide is revisited to make a rare earth metal free white LED for general lighting purpose from new insightful perspectives regarding materials synthesis and growth technology implementation.