Technology that will change the future of lighting the interiors of buildings.

11 november 2013

The new technology is called SmartLight. She - the fruit of a collaborative effort between the two researchers, Anton and Jason Harfmana Heykenfelda. Scientists presented the results at the International Energy Forum CasaClima.

"Technology SmartLight - truly innovative. It will change the rules of the game" - said Associate Professor Harfman. - "SmartLight modernizing methods of development and renovation of buildings. It will change the way we use energy. Novelty has all the advantages and applications, which previously we could only dream of." Main improvement through minimal configuration.

Raises a simple question to the SmartLight: is there a smarter way to use sunlight? Every day, the sun's rays confer planet more than sufficient amount of energy, which is enough to meet the energy needs of many of society, while the existing technologies for the collection and use of this energy, such as solar panels, are not effective enough. Typical photovoltaic panels lose most of solar energy in the process of converting it into electricity.

However, with SmartLight sunlight directed through a support system and is used in natural form. This method is much more efficient than the conversion of light into electricity, and then again into the light, and much more environmentally friendly than the production of electricity and light due to the burning of fossil fuels or nuclear energy.

The technology is applicable to any type of building - large or small, old or new , residential or commercial. However Harfman Heykenfeld and believe that it will have the greatest impact is on commercial buildings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy shows that in 2011 21 % of electricity consumed in the commercial sector has been expended on lighting. Harfman calls energy to light in large commercial buildings " major resource hog ," and , according to him , the energy required for maintenance of buildings , up to 50 % of the energy consumed by mankind.

SmartLight capable of stabilizing this energy imbalance . Here's how it works : narrow setelektroflyuidnyh cells having integrated solar panels for independent power supply is built into the top of the window. Each tiny cell , only a few millimeters wide, contains the optical properties of the liquid glass, or even better. Surface tension of the liquid can be controlled through making the minimum electrical stimulation shapes such as lenses or prisms . Energy expended in 10000-100000 times less to activate bulb. So it is possible to control the sunlight passing through the cell.

The network is able to send a portion of the light so that it is reflected from the ceiling, for example, to create a uniform illumination of the room. Other light can be directed into the upper part of the room, where he gets into a specially equipped an additional module of the system, where more will follow in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the room. And everything will be installed without any extra wires or pipes.

"With the new system uses space that while not doing anything," - said Heykenfeld. - "No need to install in the office something big, loud and mechanical works. System works completely silent."

As for switching Harfman expects to use the place where the physical light switches join another anachronistic office equipment , such as a mouse or large monitors . The plans to make wireless SmartLight control via software dlyamobilnikov . Instead of clicking a wall switch , the user adjusts lighting preferences using a mobile phone. Also able to use technology SmartLight geolocation data of the mobile application to regulate the flow of light depending on the user's location .

"SmartLight will be controlled wirelessly. There will be no wires or wall switches" - said Harfman. - "The light will turn on automatically as soon as you enter the room, because your phone knows where you are, and transmits relevant data SmartLight".

What happens with the system at night or on cloudy days ? It was at this time come to the aid of energy storage systems SmartLight. On a typical sunny day sunshine comes at a hundred times greater than the need for building lighting . SmartLight able to direct the excess light in a special receiver and store inside the building. This energy will be used when natural light levels become too low. Network SmartLight so sensitive that can dynamically respond to changing levels of light during the day , and it means that the lighting office all day is uniform and constant .

With features electric energy storage network building can also be connected to a central hub and use the reserves of energy for heating or cooling indoor air. And if a centralized repository of excess sunlight in some existing structures can not be established, the light can be directed from building to building.

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