NTU brings innovative eco-lighting product to Europe19 April 2012
An academic from Nottingham Trent University has been awarded funding from the European Commission to develop the manufacturing technology and facilitate the market deployment of a new innovative eco-lighting product that goes much further than just energy saving.
Under powers delegated by the European Commission, Professor Daizhong Su was granted €110,000 from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) for a market take-up project of a new eco-friendly solution to lighting. The novel sustainable lighting system - which has been developed by the university in collaboration with Spanish SME lighting product manufacturer Ona Product S.L. - reduces the environmental impact and consumption of raw materials, and cuts energy at each stage of the product life-cycle.
The LED lighting product uses 100 per cent recycled materials in many of its components, including parts made of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) that has been recycled after consumer use. This post-consumer recycling makes the product even more valuable in environmental terms, giving it substantial benefits in terms of waste management and greenhouse gas emissions, rather than simply being an energy saving lighting solution.
The university has also teamed with three SMEs from Spain and Sweden - Ona Product S .L., MASmedios para la gestion de la informacion S.L. and aaxsus AB - with the aim of increasing the market share of the lighting product in the European market.
Professor Diazhong Su, a professor in product design at Nottingham Trent University, commented: "Lighting is a key requirement in everyday life, both private and business, and consequently represents a high amount of energy consumption. Although some lighting companies have products which seem to take the environment into account, not all look at environmental regulations or adopt sustainable and eco design methods in their design and development processes. This new light goes beyond basic energy saving by looking at the environmental impact at every stage of the product life-cycle."
The eco-lighting product has been developed to follow the EU policies of low environmental impacts products, enabling the users to use environment-friendly products and enhancing the implementation of the legislative and policy frameworks in the participating countries and EU. The product will be commercialized and distributed in the European eco-market in general, and the Swedish eco-market in particular.