GCU PhD studentship to reduce energy inefficiencies

20 June 2012

GCU PhD studentship to reduce energy inefficiencies

GCU project funded by ETP and Optical Antenna Solutions

Glasgow Caledonian University has secured £25k from the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) as part-funding for a PhD studentship in the energy sector.

The project, overseen by Dr. Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez of Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, will investigate low energy consumption illumination sources based on beam shaping optics.

The GCU collaboration with Heriot-Watt University has received additional funding from sponsoring company Optical Antenna Solutions Ltd.

In their effort to reduce electricity bills and to fulfil their commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, councils across the UK have proposed to replace energy inefficient luminaries, with energy efficient solutions based on LEDs.

However, current LED streetlights fail to produce a footprint that complies with relevant national and international standards. In addition, LED based lamps suffer from a poor thermal performance, have light output maintenance issues, and can be inefficient.

The project aims at addressing these issues by exploring the use of novel non-imaging optics in combination with LEDs. The PhD student will be responsible for designing, integrating and testing an optimised low energy consumption LED-based illumination system based on novel secondary beam-shaping optics for installation on posts above six meters.

ETP is a power and energy research partnership with members currently leading or participating in energy related R&D programmes and investments valued in excess of £300 million funded through Research Council UK, industry and government.

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