Academic awarded funding for eco-lighting product
An academic from Nottingham Trent University has been awarded funding from the European Commission to develop a new LED eco-lighting product.
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 lighting solution.
The sustainable lighting system which reduces the environmental impact and consumption of raw materials, and cuts energy at each stage of the product life-cycle has been developed in conjunction with Spanish SME lighting product manufacturer Ona Product S.L.
The 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.
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.