Street lighting study for the municipality of Puerto Varas. Taking steps towards energy efficiency in Chilean smart cities of the future

Energy saving is a fundamental chapter in the progressive transformation of today’s cities into smart cities. Energy consumption is growing in parallel to the economic development of society, a fact that is linked to the upwards trend in energy prices. This makes the application of measures to optimise demand and the promotion of saving and energy efficiency all the more necessary. The energy management of the city of the future includes very diverse measures ranging from the study and control of the energy consumed and their resultant costs, to the identification of saving and improvement measures and the installation of more efficient new technologies.

The goal of emissions reduction and energy consumption in the cities means it is necessary to review the street lighting system that accounts for between 40% and 70% of urban consumption.

The challenge of making this costly urban infrastructure more profitable and efficient involves carrying out actions including changing discharge technology luminaires for low consumption and LED technology options, the installation of light sensors and undertaking remote metering and remote management systems.

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2015