Industry and Government Forum:
Why LED Street Lights Need Widespread Deployment in Queensland
LED streetlights are evolving over the world as a technology that can provide local councils with energy efficient and cost effective outdoor lighting solutions, and have already been installed throughout the world in countries including the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. Compared to conventional street lighting, LED products save an average of 60% in energy costs while producing the same amount of light and offer the potential for significant reductions in ongoing maintenance costs. This means lower energy consumption accompanied by dramatically reduced operating costs.
Smart street lights are also being enabled to act as sensor networks, collecting and communicating data relevant to transport, environment, city management, energy, safety and security service applications. New technology LED street lights have the capacity to include features like digital signage, CCTV, speakers, ‘push to talk’ emergency systems and even electric vehicle charging.
Australia has been slow to uptake the technology due to uncertainty about technical performance, a lack of new funding models and ongoing questions of ownership between network utilities and local government. This forum will present the results of technical research and business model ideas to move the agenda forward, followed by networking and light refreshments.
- Learn about the Guided Innovation Alliance (GIA) and the Australian Government's Clean Technology Innovation Program - Professor John Bell, QUT School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
- Hear about the energy saving and photometric outcomes of the GIA's LED Street Light Project - Glenn Walden, Ergon Energy and Gillian Isoardi, QUT optical physics expert
- Discuss business models innovations, smart lighting value-adds and how to develop a widespread deployment action plan - Shane O'Kane, GIA
Attend in person or view the forum using this livestream link
This free forum for government and industry is presented by the Guided Innovation Alliance (GIA), an industry–research alliance shortening the pathway to market for new innovations in the electricity sector. The Guided Innovation Alliance comprises QUT, Ergon Energy and SmartGrid Partners.