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Universal fibre optics: integration of fibre optics in buildings (UFO)

Objective

This proposal attempts to develop a prototype system for an integrated artificial light/daylight system for illuminating buildings to minimise heat gain (hence reducing cooling costs) and provide substitution for artificial light whenever possible using fibre optics. Fibre optic systems have the potential of introducing daylight into deep buildings where present technology, windows and innovative systems incorporated into glazing cannot. Fibre optics is often referred to in the lighting industry as a black art. Its development has often been by lighting "artisans" rather than scientists and engineers. Few measurements have been made and some of the light fittings developed are more reminiscent of plumbing systems. Greater understanding of the characteristics of the system are necessary to produce solutions with more public acceptability than as used for a lighting special effect.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (6)

BARTENBACH LICHTLABOR GMBH
Austria
Address
14,Rinnerstrasse 14
6071 Aldrans
BCN CAMBRA LOGICA DE PROJECTES
Spain
Address
Sant Joan 8
08629 Torrelles De Llobregat
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
Rue Maurice Audin
69518 Vaulx-en-velin
ENTREPID COMMUNICATIONS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Kingsway 121
WC2B 6PA London
MARLIN LIGHTING
United Kingdom
Address
Hanworth Trading Estate, Hampton Rd West
TW13 6DR Feltham
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
33,Panepistimioupolis 33, Building Physics V, Univers
15784 Zographos, Athens