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Novel Solar Powered Lighting Tower including Real Time Data Monitoring


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Chris Williams talks about how solar lighting can address the issues of noise, maintenance and environmental challenges posed by diesel-powered lighting on construction sites.

Date and Time

18 September 2017 - 19:00-21:00


Bristol, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Bristol local network.

About this event

The use of temporary site lighting has been part of the construction site landscape for many years.  Traditional diesel generator lighting towers in their various guises, have seen some development over recent years in aiming to reduce power consumption and diesel usage as well as inherent noise associated with the equipment.  These developments have been welcome, however, the major issues still remain with diesel powered lighting.  These include:
  • Noise - noise can still be an issue on certain sites particularly in the urban environment, even with the most efficient diesel generator. 
  • Maintenance – Ensuring the generator has sufficient fuel for continued operation requires manpower.  When considering single units this may not seem great, however on the larger sites where multiple units are used for extended periods of time, the man hours required for maintenance can be significant.
  • Environmental challenges – The use of fuel on site in itself presents environmental challenges. From the storage of the fuel to the emissions created by the use of the fuel.  Carbon footprint with the use of even the most energy efficient generator can be considerable when evaluating over the entire project.  Air pollution in the urban areas has seen particular close attention from authorities a good example being the London Mayors Office imposing non-road mobile machinery emission standards.  The key air contaminants from incomplete combustion of particulate matter, NOx and SOx are all apparent in diesel powered generator lighting.


19:00 - Networking and free refreshments
19:30 - Lecture

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About the speaker

Chris Williams is the Managing Director of Prolectric, a SME renewables business based in the South West.  He has represented both the environmental and water industry sectors on a number of previous UKTI's governmental advisory groups.  His current role involves the development and bringing to market of a technology that challenges existing traditional diesel generator lighting towers using solar power.

Prolectric are off grid renewable experts and have been working in the solar sector for more than 15 years.  The company has extensive experience of providing solar lighting solutions that are suited to the challenging UK winter.  The track record includes approximately 3,000 solar street lights operational across the UK on both permanent and temporary sites, with continued performance through many UK winters. This experience led to the development of the Pro-Light Mobile Solar Lighting Tower, offering year round performance as a 'use and forget' solution to customers.  The ProLight is a 100% solar powered option that provides many benefits and advantages over that of both conventional diesel and other hybrid solutions on the market.  The lecture will cover the use of the ProLight when compared to the more traditional diesel powered tower lights with real time monitoring from a major construction project.


Room 2Q49
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

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