Ports of Auckland Install LED Floodlights

LED floodlighting at Ports of Auckland, New Zealand, has been installed to deliver massive energy savings of an estimated 1.17 Gigawatt hours, nearly 7% of the port’s total electricity usage

The installation is part of the drive to become New Zealand’s most sustainable port, and the first New Zealand port to fir LED floodlights.

Tony Gibson, Ports of Auckland CEO, said “We operate all day, every day, in all kinds of weather. Having good floodlighting is an essential part of our business – but it’s also a big part of our energy bill. We’ve wanted to use LED floodlighting for some time, but the power and reliability hasn’t been up to what we need in the harsh port environment. Until now.

“We can’t wait to demonstrate the effectiveness of LED floodlighting at our port. This is a very exciting project and it really is just the start of what we hope to achieve through new technology.”

Stage One of the project will see LED floodlights installed in the port’s general cargo area, while Stage Two, which covers the container terminal, will be timed to coincide with the introduction of automation over the next two years.

Stage One is expected to save 1.17 Gigawatt hours of electricity, enough to power 147 average New Zealand homes for a year. Stage Two savings have not yet been calculated as they will vary depending on the lighting requirements for the automated terminal, but they will also be significant.

Other benefits will also be realised with the install of LEDs across the port. The LEDs can be dimmed and turned on and off quickly, unlike existing floodlighting. This will deliver just the right amount of light, and only where it’s needed. Also, as LEDs last longer fewer light bulb changes are needed which means less maintenance work.

Source and picture from Ports of Auckland.

Monday 20th February 2017

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