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At the Eighth Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei, with the leading global outdoor lighting solutions provider Schréder, launched the Shuffle Site, a multi-functional light column co-developed by the two companies. Shuffle Site is based on the modular Shuffle lighting-based system and the Huawei outdoor small cell to ensure that next-generation connectivity is accessible to everyone. The Shuffle Site attracted worldwide attention from operators and key industry customers as soon as it was presented at the Forum Summit.

Mobile broadband technology is continually developing, changing people’s daily lives and introducing new business. An ever-increasing number of smart devices and wireless users has led to an explosion in traffic consumption. Operators need to deliver massive capacity and connectivity, yet it is very difficult to acquire a site in a dense urban area with the traditional site solution.

With street lights available almost everywhere in the city, connected to a power supply, and regularly serviced, they are the ideal multi-application platform for smart city development.

Schréder launched the modular Shuffle lighting-based system in 2015. Much more than a lighting column, the Shuffle can integrate control systems, loudspeakers, surveillance cameras, hotspots, electrical vehicle chargers, signage and a lot more smart services to help cities deliver the connectivity that citizens expect. For the past year, Schréder and Huawei have been collaborating to incorporate Huawei’s outdoor integration station into the Shuffle.

Today, we are proud to introduce the Shuffle Site. The Shuffle Site will enable cities to improve their 4G coverage and increase network capacity in an inconspicuous manner. This refined column perfectly blends into the urban environment, eliminating eyesores that can upset residents. They will also be able to futureproof their infrastructure for 5G coverage.

At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum, the two companies also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for further strategic co-operation that will enable the two sides to co-develop solutions that will light and connect cities.
Speaking at the summit, Nicolas Keutgen, Chief Innovation Officer for Schréder explained, “This is an exciting time in the industry and we are delighted to be co-operating with Huawei. Our strategic partnership brings together the capabilities of two leading players to create the best end-to-end solutions to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.”

Zhou Yuefeng, CMO of Huawei’s wireless product line, said, “Site acquisition has always been a major problem plaguing operators who want to expand their network. The synergies brought by the Shuffle Site provides an effective solution and will enable municipalities and operators to expand and speed up their network structure. Huawei is willing to work with all industry leaders to accelerate next-generation connectivity”.

The buildings in which Europeans sleep, eat, shop, learn and work, house a great opportunity for energy saving and emissions reduction, particularly in the so-called technical systems: heating, DHW, cooling, ventilation and lighting. A recent study by energy consultancy Ecofys, sponsored by Danfoss, shows the energy saving that can be achieved by improving energy management in Europe’s buildings. This hitherto under-exploited potential is calculated to save €67bn on the annual energy bill of European citizens by 2030, while reducing CO2 emissions by 156 Mt. Documents have been published as part of the study that focus on different types of buildings. This article sets out the main conclusions of the study in the case of supermarkets, along with some of the more recent success stories from Danfoss in this sector on the Iberian Peninsula.

Buildings allocated to supermarkets in Europe occupy an approximate surface area of 115 million square metres. Part of the study included an assessment of the energy saving potential of a sample supermarket with a surface area of 1,025 m2 and a total energy consumption of 181 kWh/m2a. This sample building is equipped with a gas condensing boiler for heating (with energy recovery for the refrigeration system); mechanical ventilation systems with no heat recovery; a refrigeration and air conditioning system by means of compression chillers; and a direct and indirect lighting system via fluorescent tubes.


Improvements to the technical systems in this sample supermarket reveal the possibility of achieving a 45% saving in energy, which translates into just over 8,000 €/year, with an investment of some €36,000 that would be amortised in around 4.5 years. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2017

The rise of environmental awareness coupled with the recent economic crisis has accentuated the importance of both energy and economic efficiency in every type of public and private installation and infrastructure. Fortunately, in the case of the lighting sector in general and street lighting in particular, this awareness of the energy problem has brought about a favourable and transcendental moment from a technological standpoint.

Two new lines of technological development have come together at this time: SSL technology (Solid State Lighting), commonly known as LED, which is already a reality in our homes, at work and is starting to gain visibility in our cities’ streets, as well as the extraordinary development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) which has more recently turned the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) into a reality.

These two lines of technological development have converged in the lighting sector into what we call smart lighting, which is not only capable of generating and controlling light in a more appropriate manner, but is also able to interact with other systems that are related or not to the lighting, with the
resultant improvement in the service provided to residents. Read more…

Arturo Rubio Dobón
Business Development Manager ELT’s Smart Systems Division

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

The lighting solutions from Schréder Socelec have achieved a high level of quality in the lighting renovation of the premises of Cañamás Hnos., a company specialising in the cultivation and processing of citrus fruits, by providing a high performance LED alternative at minimal cost to the owners. Thanks to the solution adopted, a saving of around 75% has been achieved compared to the total consumption of the previous lighting system that comprised old floodlights/bell lamps. In addition to saving energy, both security and comfort have been enhanced at premises that have a considerable movement of workers and vehicles.

Cañamás Hnos., in collaboration with Schréder Socelec, has renovated the lighting at its fruit and vegetable plants located in Oliva and in L’Alcudia (Valencia) where the citrus fruit grown on its land is handled and processed.

Schréder Socelec undertook a detailed study of the different industrial areas in which the employees work with different types of machines that create potentially dangerous situations. These areas require lighting levels that are adapted to that specific environment to guarantee the safety of the workers. Moreover, the luminaires have had to adapt to special conditions (flameproof, extreme temperature-proof, explosionproof, etc.).Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

The LED is a light source with a future full of possibilities. This technology has experienced an exceptional evolution in recent years, surpassing in efficiency terms the most efficient lamps that exist in the market based on other conventional technologies. The possibilities of this technology in combination with smart control systems offer unique regulation and immediate response features, essential to achieving a significant energy saving, in addition to prolonging the life of the LED and, as such, considerably reducing maintenance costs. These energy savings can even amount to over 85%.

For more than five years, the technicians at Leycolan have been working to equip outdoor and industrial lighting systems, in other words, the lighting of large spaces, with intelligence and to make them more efficient. Leycolan’s solutions bring together LED technology based on COB LED (Chip-on-Board) that considerably facilitates maintenance tasks and the job of replacing lighting components, with Power Line Communication (PLC) technology.

In this way, the existing light cabling infrastructures can be made use of to communicate with the lighting points via a physical medium, which is much harder to sabotage or be interfered with by external agents. In addition, they can be integrated into other IP services, such as peripheral-type cameras, information panels, WiFi relays, IP speakers, etc., with the system providing a communication bridge for all these applications that can subsequently be centralised or redirected as necessary via web-based communication. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

On 6 July, at its General Meeting, the Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers (ANFALUM) presented the lighting market figures for Spain as at the end of 2015. This data, as contained in the Association’s Annual Accounts, demonstrated growth of 1.5%, with market figures in which LED technology already accounts for over half of the sector’s turnover.

2015 was an uncharacteristic year for the lighting industry, with growth of just 1.5% due to the fact that some sectors had recorded no increase at all, with others even showing a slight decline. As such, it can be said that demand remained stable for the year. The market mix was particularly significant, as for the first time, LED overtook traditional sources, accounting for over 50% of sales in all product sectors, with the exception of the components sector.

This slight increase achieved a turnover figure of €1.28bn in 2015 and consolidates the market trend as regards volume growth that started back in 2008 and that regained positive values as from 2014, following the stagnation of demand in 2012 and 2013. However despite the increase contributed by LEDs, some sectors still showed zero growth.Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

The AMB and Carandini are launching a pilot to install LEDs in the Vila Olímpica Tunnel on Barcelona’s coastal ring road that will save up to 45% in energy consumption. Other smart projects already launched by AMB include the Columna Paral•lel lamp post and interior lighting for bus shelters.

A significant reduction in electricity consumption and improved visibility of the tunnels on the Barcelona ring roads on which an average of 165,000 vehicles travel every day comprise the aims of this new pilot project. Launched by AMB and the Barcelona Regional Council – the competent administrations for the management of Barcelona’s ring roads,- and Carandini, an international reference in smart and efficient lighting for public spaces, the project is installing LED lighting in the Vila Olímpica Tunnel on Barcelona’s Ronda Litoral, the coastal ring road. The new white lighting replaces the current yellow-coloured sodium vapour lamps.

Under this collaboration, Carandini, a Catalonian company with US capital, has supplied 52 LED lamps to the metropolitan administration for installation between exits 21 and 22 of the ring road, the Hospital del Mar and Barcelona’s Biomedical Research Centre, heading towards Besós. The product is one of the most efficient on the market, provided the necessary illumination with minimum output. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015

Today, more than ever, lighting is a key sector for Europe’s economy due to the size of the market which stands at €17bn, employing approximately 150,000 people. The sector is specialising in high added value products that use SSL (Solid State Lighting) technology, innovatively designed luminaires and every type of control associated with the new technologies. Installations are carried out using Smart Lighting thus providing a service to both the economy and to society.

There is one parameter that gives us a clear idea of the lighting sector at global level. This is in the form of the 6 billion light points, meaning that there is no single activity in existence in which illumination is not present and, at the same time, there is no action or situation in the life of a human being that is not accompanied by light.

Illumination is often confused with energy saving. It makes no sense to see lighting solely as energy efficiency as this is to see it exclusively as a means to save electricity costs; certainly it is a step backwards to “switch off” in the 21st Century. Light is an element that increases concentration, at both a professional and recreational level in addition to increasing capacity in terms of cognitive performance and enhancing moods as well as producing visual and emotional biological benefits. We maintain that lighting is a visual function that allows us to identify objects and individuals, working seamlessly to create a sensation of security and orientation. Read more…

Alfredo Berges
Managing Director of ANFALUM, the Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015

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The Siemens Building Technologies Division has won the 2015 European Energy Service Award (EESA) in the Projects category for its implementation of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) project in the Polish city of Sosnowiec. This project focused on the heating systems and energy management in 87 public schools and preschools in this industrial city in the Silesia region. All heating and lighting systems in the buildings were modernized from the ground up in a period of just ten months. In addition, the Advantage Navigator energy monitoring system was installed to remotely monitor overall energy consumption.

The system allows personnel to remotely control the room temperature in every classroom and set it to the desired target value. “In the past, classrooms were typically kept too hot, which made it difficult for students to concentrate. Thanks to the state-of-the-art heating system and continuous energy monitoring we are now able to provide a comfortable learning environment for students,” says Marek Tobiacelli of Siemens Poland.

At the same time, Siemens has guaranteed heating cost savings of approximately 31 percent, electricity savings for lighting of 21 percent and a reduction of CO2 emissions by 5,220 t/year compared to the initial situation. The measures are financed through an Energy Performance Contract with Siemens. This means that the city of Sosnowiec’s initial investments of approximately 4 million euros will be paid back through the guaranteed savings realized over the ten-year contract period; interim financing is provided by Siemens.

The impressive energy and cost savings for the city as well the positive impact on the environment are a big win in and of themselves. However, the results achieved also benefit students and teachers who are now able to learn and work in classrooms offering a comfortable temperature – and hence a healthier environment.

The European Energy Service Award (EESA) is part of the European Energy Service Initiative toward the EU 2020 Energy Saving Targets (EESI 2020). This initiative aims at fostering the use of Energy Performance Contracting in Europe. The EESA honors outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of energy services in Europe. This year’s award ceremony will be held in Brussels.

CIRCE, Ferrovial and CI3 have brought together in ESPHERA the most promising technologies that may make it possible to use the conditions found on these roads to produce energy
As well as sun and wind, other energy sources such as the flow of traffic and electromagnetic and luminous radiation have also been studied
CIRCE has concluded work on this project to study the feasibility of integrating different types of renewable energy on motorways.
The ESPHERA project – Study of Systems to Produce and Harvest Renewable Energy on Motorways – has carried out a theoretical analysis of different technologies that would allow these highways to generate their own electricity to supply lighting systems, toll points, etc. To this end a selection of the most promising technologies has been made, taking into account financial criteria, efficiency, sustainability and environmental impact. Other factors have also been considered such as ease of installation, resources required for putting them into operation, and technological readiness.
In addition to analysing existing and established renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaic, wind and geothermal power, the more innovative systems on the market have also been investigated. Of these, the concept that has raised most hopes is the Vortex, which consists of a post that oscillates with the wind and generates electricity thanks to a set of magnets.
Among the other systems studied are some that capitalise on the force that vehicles exert on the ground as they pass to obtain electricity, for example the i-BUMP, which utilises a speed-bump mechanism, or the SRECC, which obtains energy from the movement of a liquid.
On a different tack, the project has studied a way of gathering the residual energy present in the atmosphere to produce electrical energy (known as “Energy Harvesting”) which may then be stored or used to feed low consumption systems.
The value of this technology lies precisely in its ability to use the resources produced by vibrations, temperature gradients, electromagnetic radiation, illumination and the like to supply low consumption equipment.
Among its findings, the project has concluded that traditional renewable technologies are still the most efficient for these purposes due to their readiness level, especially for relatively high consumption applications, such as motorway service areas. Additionally, it has highlighted the desirability of combining different technologies in what are known as hybrid systems, in order to improve the efficiency and results of the installations.
A theoretical model has been produced from the data obtained taking into account different meteorological variables, which will help study the feasibility of installing these energy systems in new projects.
The ESPHERA initiative has been financed by the Centre for the Innovation of Smart Infrastructures (C13), founded by Ferrovial, the Castile-La Mancha regional government and the University of Alcalá. Ferrovial is also in charge of technical coordination for ESPHERA, which has benefitted from the collaboration of Cintra (the motorway subsidiary company of Ferrovial) and the Aravía company, who hold the concession for the maintenance of the section of the A-2 motorway between Zaragoza and Calatayud.

SAJ Electric