We are pleased to announce success at the Lux Awards 2018, winning the Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year category with a joint entry submitted by Carbon Reduction Technology, enModus and Volvo.
The project, also the subject of a Carbon Trust case study, covers the upgrade of a Volvo construction equipment site in Motherwell Scotland to Smart Connected Lighting. The facility now has approximately 950 CRT high efficiency luminaires installed with ambient light and occupancy sensors, networked into a remote control and reporting system.
The new lighting system is delivering an average energy saving of approximately 84%, which equates to a huge CO2 and financial savings for the facility every month.
Paul Hudson, Operations Director at Volvo comments: “This project is testament to the forward-thinking employees within of our business. With the smart connected lighting solution in place, we are another few steps closer to reaching our goal of becoming a carbon neutral site.”
Alan Robson, Sales Director at Carbon Reduction Technology comments: "When a project like this picks up an award it really helps to highlight what a massive impact a lighting upgrade can have on a business - both financially and environmentally. Volvo, Motherwell, absolutely deserve the recognition for the amazing strides they are making towards becoming carbon neutral."
Carbon Reduction Technology are pleased to announce our graduation to Gold with the Supply Chain Sustainability School [SCSS].
CRT joined the SCSS earlier this year in June and quickly appointed a sustainability team to undertake training and evaluate the opportunities for sustainability improvement within our supply chain.
The SCSS awarded Gold level recognition following an extensive redesign of our product range to dramatically increase the sustainability of our supply chain before products reach the point of sale. In addition, following a number of sustainability assessments and training modules, the SCSS conducted an interview with our sustainability team and produced a case study about our sustainability strategy - making Carbon Reduction Technology one of only six studies published by the school this year.
You can see the case study online at the SCSS website here: crt.lighting/SCSS-Case-Study
As the results of the National Street Lighting Survey continue to roll in, the Lighting Journal (which will be publishing the results of the survey next year) have released an article discussing the origins of the project and some of the main objectives of the study. The article is by the Institution of Lighting Professional's VP of Highways, Ian Jones, who has worked closely with us on the planning, design and deployment of the nationwide study.
Please click the article to go through to the online edition of the October 2018 Lighting Journal. The article can be found on pages 24 and 25.
We're pleased to release our new retrofit brochure, detailing the RFX2 gear tray:
We're delighted to have had one of our projects featured in this month's edition of the Lighting Journal. In addition to a Carbon Reduction Technology photograph on the cover, you can read the article on pages 32, 33 and 34. The article details the tremendous and sensitive work done by Cheshire West and Chester Council in successfully marrying efficient new technology into the historical treasure trove of the City of Chester and it's outlying villages.
Although the Journal is packed with great content, the articles on pages 16 and 20 discussing professional development and the changes being implemented by the Engineering Council to CPD are very much worth a read if you're a lighting engineer or manage a team of lighting engineers.
Read the September issue online here.
You can also find out more about the RFX2 retrofit gear tray here or download a copy of the RFX2 brochure here.
We are delighted to announce that Carbon Reduction Technology (CRT), in collaboration with enModus and Terex, Volvo, have been shortlisted for a Lux Award this November, in the Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year category.
The entry focuses on the project to retrofit the Terex, Volvo facility in Motherwell, Scotland with super efficient LED high bay lighting and a revolutionary Smart Control System which operates and communicates using the power lines. The ongoing project has also been the focus of a recent Carbon Trust case study.
CRT Director Alan Robson comments: "We're obviously thrilled to have been shortlisted; it's a testament to the hard work and innovation of everyone involved in the project that we've made it through the initial stages, not to mention the incredible drive and motivation which Terex, Volvo have demonstrated in their mission to become carbon neutral. Representatives from all three companies will be attending the awards dinner in November, which we're all very much looking forward to. Whatever the result, it promises to be a night to remember."
For more information: Carbon Reduction Technology - enModus - Terex, Volvo - The Lux Awards Shortlist
Carbon Reduction Technology (CRT) are delighted to announce the launch of the next generation of HBX, the HBX2.
HBX is CRT’s highly successful high bay luminaire. Even when a luminaire excels at its job, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the design, efficiency and supply chain impact. These are some of the key features we’ve been able to improve in the HBX2 design:
The body of HBX2 has changed significantly. The core internal components of the luminaire, such as the driver and controller, are now situated in a slim easy-access casing, completely separated from the light source and heat sink. In addition to a better-looking visual profile, keeping the main electrical components even cooler by further distancing them from the heat sink can greatly extend the longevity of the luminaire.
HBX2 still features our trademark downward facing heat sink, which is resistant to the build up of dirt and debris that can reduce the life of a luminaire by creating unwanted insulation. However, the heat sink is now slimmer and has a slightly increased surface area, making it even more efficient.
Additionally, when HBX2 is connected into a Smart System, the mounting point for nodes and sensors is now fully integrated into the model, creating a sleeker look and easier placement access. HBX2 also has an improved rating of IP55.
The new design has allowed us to strip away a lot of bulk and mass, leaving HBX2 lighter in weight and slightly smaller – although no less powerful! The reduction in construction materials, and therefore construction cost, is significant enough to allow us to lower the price of the new model.
As well as being 99% recyclable and containing no lead or mercury, which is a CRT standard, the reduction in material mass has also had a positive impact on sustainability throughout our supply chain, affecting the entire lifecycle footprint of each individual luminaire.
Let there be (even more) light
HBX2 comes complete with an even more efficient LED light source and a far wider range of optics, increasing the maximum possible output and lowering the minimum energy input required.
The huge range of optics available allows you to take a precision approach to designing your lighting scheme, ensuring that the light distribution from each HBX2 reaches as far as possible and as uniformly as possible, whilst still projecting the correct lux reading at ground level.
HBX2 is also now available from a warm 2,200°K, with an expanding range of IES files.
HBX2 is suitable for any kind of shed or facility with a ceiling height over 6m. Typically, HBX facilitates a saving in emissions and lighting energy overheads of up to 87% and we guarantee payback through energy savings in under two years.
If you’d like to book a facility assessment or speak to an engineer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at Carbon Reduction Technology, we believe that even a great design can always be improved upon with time. Therefore, our designers are continuously looking for ways to improve the efficiency, performance and practicality of our luminaires and supply chain.
We are now pleased to introduce the SLX2, the next generation of our highly successful street luminaire.
Reduction in mass
The new design is sleeker and more streamlined, stripping away a lot of material which is no longer necessary to the integrity of the product. The reduction in mass and weight plus improvements in manufacturing efficiency have positively impacted the sustainability of our supply chain and the carbon footprint of each SLX2 throughout its lifecycle.
SLX2 is 99% recyclable and contains no lead or mercury, which is a CRT standard. Reductions in our production cost also allow us to offer SLX2 at a lower price without compromising on quality.
Ever easier installation
The SLX design has always been installer friendly. However, the new design takes this concept a step further. The streamlined design and reduction in mass make SLX2 more compact and much lighter to handle, reducing overall weight by 3kg. The improved profile of the luminaire has also lowered windage from 0.11m2 to 0.08m2.
A new flexible mounting mechanism allows our standard design to be easily toggled and fitted as either a side or top post fixture, with an additional 15 degrees of adjustment built in. If maintenance is ever required, access to the luminaire’s internal compartment and key components has been redesigned to be as user-friendly and straightforward as possible.
Improved efficiency and functionality
SLX2 incorporates a new light source with a higher level of efficiency. An increased range of optics and IES files allow for further efficiency through situational accuracy and by maximising useful light output, uniformity, direction and shape.
SLX2 is available from 2,200°K, casting a warm light which is similar in hue to traditional sodium street lights.
Contact us today to discuss a project with one of our engineers or for additional information at email@example.com.
Carbon Reduction Technology are once again pleased to have assisted Cheshire West & Chester Council in making a bold, colourful statement with their Eastgate Clock Tower, the second most photographed clock tower (next to Big Ben) in the UK.
This is not the first time the Eastgate Clock Tower has been illuminated; however, this time, the clock tower did not just display a single colour. In honour of the Pride 2018 celebrations, the clock tower cycled through all the colours of the rainbow last weekend in a continuous loop. A radio frequency controller looped the colour sequence, operating four LED luminaires consecutively, one for each clock face.
Carbon Reduction Technology and Cheshire West & Chester Council have worked together to illuminate the clock tower on a number of occasions, including turning the clock blue for the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July this year, green in February 2017 in support of the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, and pink in October 2015 in support of Breast Cancer Now. The illumination in the clock face was also shut down completely in support of Earth Hour earlier this year.
The Pride project was carried out at cost and all proceeds are being donated, with our best wishes, to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
At this year’s ILP Summit, of which we were a proud sponsor, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘Just how far has the UK gone towards converting to LED street lighting?’ and ‘What will the industry look like in a couple of years when we hit our next major milestone in the Paris Agreement?’
As Premier Corporate Members of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and via our network of contacts within local authority street lighting, we realised that we were well placed to find the answers to these questions. Earlier this month launched a nationwide survey in collaboration with the ILP, reaching out to every local authority in the UK and focussing on urban street lighting. The main objectives of the study are to determine:
The National Street Lighting Survey aims to provide an accurate quantitative snapshot of the current status of local authority lighting, as well as an informed estimate of what the industry will look like by our next major Paris Agreement milestone in 2020.
Working closely with ILP VP Highways Ian Jones, we are also aiming to assess the ongoing opportunities available to lighting engineers and lighting engineering graduates in local government. This is a critical issue for the ILP and YLP; the study should help to provide a better picture of the current scope of the industry.
We hope to finish compiling responses to the study by December this year and aim to publish our findings in early 2019. The study will be collated into a digital report, which will be made freely available for download. We also hope to present our findings next year at the next ILP Summit.