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LED street lighting delivers up to 85 percent energy savings in global trial

Středa, Červenec 4th, 2012

Results from a global trial of light-emitting diode (LED) street lights confirm that the fixtures can deliver electricity savings of up to 85% over existing technologies. The two-and-a-half-year pilot, called LightSavers, tested 533 LED lamps in 15 trials in 12 cities, including New York, London, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Sydney.

Findings from the trials are presented in a report co-released by The Climate Group, electronics giant Philips, and HSBC earlier this month on the sidelines of the Rio+20 summit. The Climate Group launched LightSavers in 2009, supported by the HSBC Climate Partnership, with the goal to accelerate the market adoption of outdoor LED lighting and smart-lighting controls.

Key findings from the report, Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LED Street Lighting and What it Means for Cities, include:

LED’s achieve the expected 50 to 70% energy savings, and reach up to 80% savings when coupled with smart controls. Energy savings in the trials vary from 18% to 85%, with 20 out of 27 products achieving savings of 50% or more, and ten showing savings of 70% or more.

Surveys in Kolkata, London, Sydney, and Toronto indicated that between 68% to 90% of respondents endorsed LED’s city-wide roll out. Benefits highlighted included improved safety and visibility.

LED lighting lifespan ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 hours indicating a high return on investment.

The ‘catastrophic’ failure rate of LED products over 6,000 hours is around 1%, compared, for example, up to 10% for ceramic metal halide fixtures over a similar time period.

The Climate Group and Philips are calling for an international low carbon lighting standard to be created and implemented ensuring that citizens worldwide have access to energy efficient outdoor lighting.

“I believe that improving financing approaches will significantly advance the adoption of LED lighting technologies in the coming months. The results clearly show the financial and energy savings of implementing LED’s. Now, cities will have to figure out how to work the funding into their upcoming budgets.”

In California, to cite another example, support for LED street lights project financing has come from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the U.S. Department of Energy. In January, Justin Gerdes reported at Forbes that 10 California cities, several of them quite small, had used funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to undertake LED street lighting retrofit projects. Since I published that post, the CEC has announced that about a dozen more California cities have launched LED street lighting retrofit projects courtesy of the same ARRA-funded Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program.

So confident are the report partners in the potential of LED lighting they want LED’s to become the global lighting standard. “All new public lighting – both street lighting and in public buildings – should be LED by 2015, with the aim of all public lighting being LED by 2020,” said the Climate Group’s Kenber in a statement.

I believe that LED outdoor luminaires have reached maturity in terms of their performance. City lighting managers from across the world have independently verified that LED’s can live up to their promise of exceptional perfor-mance, energy efficiency, and public approval, with indicators pointing towards stabilization in light output in many products after an initial period of volatility.

As Stanley Cup Finals rage on, these fans produce the lights, cameras, action

Pondělí, Červen 11th, 2012

The pre-game atmosphere inside the Prudential Center during the New Jersey Devils’ do-or-die game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings tonight was electric, but in an enclosed bunker tucked in a corner of the arena, it was frenetic.

“Gotta work quickly, gotta work quickly,” John Bochiaro shouted across the cramped control room.

A sea of camera angles showed the Devils shuffling nervously just off the ice, ready to make an entrance. A walkie-talkie crackled. Camera 6 wasn’t working as the Devils began to move toward the ice.

“Kevin Clark, stand by to start your intros really early,” Bochiaro said into a headset, speaking to the Devils’ arena announcer. “Okay, go. Go!”

This is the controlled chaos of the Devils’ in-house production team, led by Bochiaro. During each Devils home game, every aspect of what fans in the arena see beyond the game itself is controlled by his team, from the scoreboard to chants to the music.

“We’re basically a production company,” Bochiaro said in an interview Friday. “We go through each game with a fine-toothed comb to see what worked and what didn’t, what fans responded to and what they didn’t. We’re trying to make this the best experience possible for the fans and the loudest atmosphere possible.”

Before each game, or each series, Bochiaro works with his partner Jason Pippi, to formulate a script tailored to the opponent ahead. But some of it doesn’t last long.

“During each game, it basically goes out the window,” he said. “We have to react to the situation the Devils are in. We’re on headsets with people throughout the arena, so we try different things to get the crowd back into it if the team’s losing. On the other side, if there’s a chant going, we don’t want to play music over that.”

During games, the group of about 15 staff members works seamlessly, identifying potential replays, celebrity sightings or former players in the stands.

Tonight, Bochiaro radioed to a cameraman in the arena to zero in on a luxury box and pan left.

Producers Jon Cofer and Heather Michels scanned the crowd.

“Wait, that’s Claude Lemieux, purple shirt,” Michels said referring to the former Devils’ player.

Within minutes, the group had a 30-second tribute to the former Devils great playing on the scoreboard before zooming the camera in on him. The crowd roared.

For Bochiaro and his staff, it’s not just a job.

A 37-year-old Rowan University graduate and Hamilton resident, Bochiaro has been watching the team since 1988. Around the room, producers scratched playoff beards as the game unfolded.

“It’s insane to think I’m doing this now,” he said. “We definitely cheer in the control room, but it’s brief.”

Just under 13 minutes into the first period, Devils’ captain Zach Parise scored. The control room roared. Then it was back to the job at hand.

Arbreole, The Intersection Of Music, Light And Robotics

Úterý, Březen 27th, 2012

From a passion to create a social experience that is both digital, autonomous and interactive comes a wonderful discovery that music, light and robotics are more similar than you might think.

Leave it to the French to find a way to unite music, light and robotics to create a  intelligent lanterns/lights that interact with your movement to create a sensory experience that you control with your body. Arbreole – a modern interpretation of a string of lights.

Arbreole is a social, non-industrial robotic prototype and the latest project from France’s CRIIF (Centre de Robotique Integree d-lle-de-France), Le Cube, Strate College, a French artist, Laetitia Favart and musician / composer Robin Aziosmanoff. It represents four different elements that have come together in this robotic prototype: concept, technology, design and art.

Arbreole lights will sense movement and adjust the light and music to respond to your movements. If you move slowly, they will play slower paced music and different light colors will appear. If you make rapid movements or, say are dancing, the cadence of the music and light will change. But the lights can also induce your state of mind too – it’s a two way street with Arbreole. Each module can be the bass, the guitar or the drums – it’s dynamic so that each module can change its tune depending of the users reaction to the sound that’s played. So maybe you would move differently if there was just a bass solo or guitar playing directly to your movements.

Not all robotics is science fiction, Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick Blade Runner-style.  Robotics can also be about creating a meaningful interaction with a machine that is autonomous and can react to our movements, sentiments or needs.

“I’m convinced the convergence of robotics and art is one of the best ways to touch people and to facilitate acceptance,” said Rodolphe Hasselvander. Director, CRIIF. “Arbreole generates emotion, interaction etc, and that moves us faster along the path of robotics in our lives which will play a very important role in our future lives – work, leisure, home.”

Arbreole uses telemetry with three sensors to detect if there is a person or object nearby, in this case under. Inside the lights are a sophisticated set of metrics that includes interactive systems, artificial intelligence and electronics and design – how it looks and how we interact with it.

Each Arbreole module is autonomous and is comprised of a full range speaker to create clear, strong sound, 12 led lights to change the colors of the lights, a projector under the module to light up the people around it. At the base or hub of the string of Arbreole lights, there’s a Lithium-ion polymer battery pack which makes it less expensive to manufacture, more reliable and increases the adaptability to a wide variety of packaging shapes.

The lights use wireless communications to communicate to each other and are controlled by an Android phone that controls all the parts including the sensors  — gyro, GPS, camera and touch screen.

2012 Nissan Leaf

Pondělí, Listopad 28th, 2011

Now in its second model year, the 2012 Nissan Leaf was the first battery electric vehicle to be built in volume and sold by a major automaker in many decades. The five-door compact hatchback has a striking look that’s as pioneering and modern as the Toyota Prius hybrid was in its day. The Leaf is easy to drive, provides comfortable space for four and accommodates five when needed, and costs perhaps one-third to one-quarter as much per mile to operate as a gasoline car–assuming you can afford the higher initial cost.

The 2012 Leaf’s design evolves the five-door hatchback form in some striking ways. The taillights are mounted high up and vertically, containing a rib filled with red LED brake lights. The body swells around the rear wheels, and rather than a grille to admit air into the radiator it doesn’t have, the Leaf has a cover in the center of the nose that opens to give access to its charging ports. Leaf fans will be able to distinguish cars with the SL trim level from the SV base model by their small solar panel on the roof spoiler at the top of the tailgate.

Rather than an engine with some number of cylinders and a power output in horsepower, the Leaf is propelled by an electric motor driving the front wheels and rated in kilowatts of output. The motor puts out 80 kw (107 hp), which propels the 3200-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. Top speed is capped at 90 mph. Its steering is numb and the roadholding and handling are competent rather than inspiring, though it all works just fine.

Unlike the car to which it’s often compared, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Leaf runs solely on battery power–it does not have the Volt’s range-extending gasoline engine. The 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is built into the Leaf’s floor and recharges by plugging it into the electric grid, using either standard 120-Volt power or a charging station that operates at 240 Volts.

Recharging time for a fully depleted pack is 7 to 9 hours with the charging station, and double that on standard power. Part of Leaf purchase includes a visit from a contractor, arranged via your Nissan dealer, to assess what will be necessary to install a 240-Volt charging station in your garage.

Befitting its advanced technology, the Leaf lets owners manage charging, advance cabin heating and cooling, and other vehicle functions from their mobile phones. They can set times for charging, check charge progress, and have the car tell them its estimated range at any given moment.

But it’s that range that is the biggest question hanging over the 2012 Nissan Leaf. The EPA gives the Leaf a range of 73 miles, and Nissan says it’s “up to 100 miles,” but industry analysts are skeptical that the bulk of U.S. buyers will accept a car without at least 200 miles of range.

Most Leafs are expected to be the second or third car in their household, though electric-car drivers report that their “range anxiety” abates within a few weeks, as they get comfortable with and grow confident in their cars. Most owners will recharge overnight, perhaps “topping up” their battery at charging points at work or at retail outlets.

Meanwhile, the 2012 Nissan Leaf is on the market and thousands of U.S. buyers remain on waiting lists as it maker rolls it out to more regions in the U.S. beyond the largely coastal areas it launched in last year. Nissan plans to expand U.S. Leaf sales into several Southeastern states and Illinois this year.

Deltron Develops Manufacturing Capability for Fortune 500 Company Consumer Product

Pátek, Září 23rd, 2011

“On April 12, 2010 Deltron’s Elasco manufacturing subsidiary executed a general supplier and patent agreement with a leading diversified technology company with sales exceeding $20 billion and operations in more than 60 countries. The company has chosen Elasco to provide expertise on the tooling, fixtures, equipment, molding and manufacturing processes of a new product in preparation for mass production. Elasco will also produce working prototypes.”

The Fortune 500 company’s product is a patented light transmission product using long-lasting, environmentally friendly LED light source and an optically clear polyurethane molded light element. The product will have broad applications including but not limited to interior and exterior automotive lighting, decorative illumination, task lamps and utility lighting.

Deltron’s Elasco has developed manufacturing equipment, and successfully produced pilot run quantities of the product. Elasco is now realizing it’s concepts for higher volume manufacturing in anticipation of larger-scale production requirements.

Henry Larrucea, Deltron CEO, commented:”We are making significant progress with our Fortune 500 company partner, as we move toward their production objectives. We have designed and fabricated the equipment, which is currently being expanded to fit the manufacturing requirements for the product’s anticipated commercial applications. In addition to our current development revenue, Deltron looks to secure a manufacturing contract as a result of these efforts.”

Deltron’s wholly owned Elasco subsidiary is a profitable engineered plastics and polyurethane molding and manufacturing company. Elasco continues to increase the Company’s revenue and profitability, and recently reported revenues of $2,511,871 for the three quarters ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 27.5% over the same period last year. Gross profit for the period grew 114%, to $452,598.

Deltron acquires profitable businesses with strong management teams, substantial revenue and established market positions. Wholly owned Elasco is a proven innovator in product manufacturing with a 32-year operating history, diverse customer base and vertically integrated manufacturing facility in Garden Grove, California. Blu Vu, a division of Deltron, is a developer of proprietary closed circuit rebreather technology and components that go beyond conventional scuba systems to enable commercial and recreational divers to go deeper, stay underwater longer and recover faster.

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