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Smart Light Concepts

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Contact

Start Date

01/01/2018

End Date

01/06/2021

Project budget

3 522 857

ERDF amount

2 113 714

ERDF rate

60%

    About

    Common challenge

    Europe, the 2 Seas area and local/regional authorities are far behind in meeting carbon reduction targets for 2020. Public lighting (PL) is responsible for about 35% of carbon emissions caused by local/regional authorities. The potential gains are high (up to 18%, i.e. 200 tons/year per average NL-municipality) and easy to achieve because of existing and new technologies. Nevertheless, so far only minor results have been realized, mostly because of uncertainty about various financial aspects (affordability, access to funding and proven business cases), but also because of lack of knowledge, lack of experience with innovative systems and about acceptance of safety issues (social and traffic). The challenge is to face these obstacles and barriers and to convince stakeholders to accelerate the roll-out of smart PL-systems by demonstrations, tools/models about carbon-reduction effects, technical, financial and social feasibility (including safety) based on innovative PL-applications.

    Main Achievements

    After the approval of the project the SLIC partnership has held a startup meeting and a first project coordination group meeting. Next to explanation of JS the partnership talked about the deliverables for the initiation stage and they all pitched the local pilot. Avans and Portsmouth University presented the way they wanted to support the 7 demos.

    In the first year of the project we had 3 PCG meetings in which the development of the pilots was the main point to discuss, next to finalise the initiation stage (in which we succeeded on time). Some of the pilots were developing in a fast pace (f.i. Etten-Leur) others were progressing more slowly (f.i. IGEMO). In this first year it appeared that the partnership had some work to do to find a way of working that suited the diversity in the pilots, the cooperation between Avans and Portsmouth. It took a bit longer than we had expected upfront.

    This first phase of getting to know each otIher caused that the planning of  some deliverables was not reached on time, but we saw  some delay.

    Because our project outputs were planned to be achieved at the end of the project, we had the time for some delay.
    After the slow start all the pilots developed in a sound pace, with the exception of IGEMO. Avans and Portsmouth developed tools and instruments that will be used be partners for the monitoring of the pilots. We also organised a starting conference in Houten (NL) together with the Dutch association for Public Lighting.

    In the fall of 2018 the pilot of IGEMO was changed due to a decision of the local government which makes it almost impossible to achieve the specified results before the end of the project. This is point of discussion between LP and JS. Pilotpartner Amiens was progressing in a sound way until a few months ago. They were not present at the partner meeting and it was not possible to get contact with them. This means currently an uncertain situation.

    The cooperation within the project is very good. We have constructive meetings, site visits and all in a positive way.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Municipality of Etten-Leur

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Suffolk County Council

    Metropole of Amiens

    City of Bruges

    West Flanders Intermunicipal Association

    IGEMO

    Province of West-Flanders