Of light and trees
Alongside photovoltaics, energy-efficient lighting is one of the most important tools for saving CO2. It can save 671 million tons of CO2 per year. In turn, it would take 54 billion trees to sequester this amount of CO2. By comparison, the world's largest rainforest - the Amazon - has 390 billion trees and an area 80 times the size of Austria. Energy-efficient lighting can therefore save as much CO2 in seven years as the largest rainforest on earth can absorb. Researchers at V-Research GmbH are working on precisely this topic.
To achieve this energy efficiency, not only an efficient light source such as LED is needed, but also additional sensors that ensure that the light is present where and when it is needed. Permanent lighting at maximum brightness would then not be necessary.
V-Research's photonics division is working on researching the next generation of energy-efficient LED drivers that feature low standby losses and high efficiency for more sensing. The published whitepaperdetails the challenges involved and how they were solved by V-Research scientists.
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