Welsh start-up EnModus says its smart lighting solution has cut lighting energy consumption by 99% at a Virgin Media technical facility.
The technology has also reduced heat load, with positive side-effects for Virgin’s cooling systems, with the facility required to operate within defined temperature parameters.
Validated by Virgin Media, carbon emissions have dropped by around 2.45 tonnes per annum as a result of the intelligent controls.
EnModus replaced a proportion of the facility’s fluorescent lighting with LED units that house a comms node which uses existing power cables to communicate to a hub, which connects to a cloud-based platform. The system monitors energy data in real time and activates lights only when occupancy is detected.
Previously, staff at the Virgin facility turned on the fluorescent lights at the start of the shift despite many spaces being infrequently visited by maintenance staff.
EnModus CEO Andy Heaton said working with Virgin Media was a “coup for a start-up” and said the results of the project validated the firm’s ‘Wattwave’ powerline control solution. He said lighting control was just one application of the technology and that the firm can control, monitor and connect to the internet anything that is mains powered within a building.
The firm is also working with retail supply-chain business Catalyst and Volvo-owned Scottish manufacturer Terex Trucks.