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Development of 25% more energy efficient street lights with integrated reflector, elimination of protection glass, optimized arc tube and improved luminaire design

Objective

The SMEs involved in the lighting industry face a tough competitively situation due to the dominant position of large enterprises in the business. The EU has for long been the world’s largest producer of lighting equipment, but now China has surpasses it in terms of volume. There is a 66 % trade tariff on light bulbs imported into EU, but EU has announced (July 2007) that they have made plans to lift trade charges, making the competitiveness even harder for SMEs. Our idea is to develop new and innovative street lights with 25 % higher efficiency than state of the art lamps. The increased efficiency is to be accomplished by a new and innovative type of light bulb with an integrated reflector. The advantage with an integrated reflector as opposed to a conventional light bulb is that there is no need for a protection glass. • The elimination of the protection glass will alone increase the efficiency of the light bulb with 10 % to 20 %. • Typical efficiency of reflectors is 80 % - 90 % today. In our proposed project we will develop a new method for reflector coating which will give our reflector an efficiency of 95 % - 98 %. • An arc tube specially adapted to street lights will have an increased efficiency compared to today’s street light arc tubes of 5 % to 10 %. • The integration of an electronic dimmable ballast. • Improved design of the lighting fixture. Together these advancements will contribute to the increased efficiency. Preliminary calculations done by Mr. Vegger, founder and CEO of the coordinator Gavita, show at least 25 % increase in efficiency for our concept compared to existing technology, i.e. 11 TWh would be saved if all street lights in EU were replaced with our street lights. A consortium of 5 SMEs and one Large Enterprise propose to develop the above specified street light.To enable this, the project have invited 3 RTDs to join the consortium. The developed street light will enable the SMEs to take shares of the street ligh market

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

GAVITA AS
Address
Moreneveien 1
3158 Andebu
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 522 554
Administrative Contact
Maria Kolkinn (Ms.)

Participants (7)

TELUX-Spezialglas GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 209 417
Address
Strasse Der Einheit 2-24
D-02943 Weisswasser
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hagen Strobl (Mr.)
SELC EIREANN TEORANTA/SELC IRELANDLIMITED

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
Industrial Estate .
Belmullet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sean Noone (Mr.)
GUVEN PRES DOKUM SANAYI VE TICARETLIMITED SIRKITI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 151 202
Address
Des Sanayi Sitesi 111 Sok D 15 Bl
34776 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cem Ceylani Olcayto (Mr.)
TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 17 260
Address
Farbergasse 15
6850 Dornbirn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Mathis (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 26 193
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 14 200
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Domenico Serpella (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 479,50
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Armesto Aurora (Ms.)