New GE Research Center adopts eco-efficient lighting

Eco-efficient Lighting

São Paulo, November 10th, 2014 – As of November, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) will receive the official headquarters of the fifth GE Global Research Center. With a diversified portfolio in the health, energy, lighting, aviation, and oil and gas areas, GE performed the whole luminotechnical project of the Center in partnership with the Foco Design lighting project office, whose main objective was to offer eco-efficient lighting. 

For the lighting of the laboratories, external areas and façade, more than 5000 items were used, including since lights with long life and high efficiency T5 lamps to integrated LED and linear LEDs systems for special applications. “We presented an economically feasible and environmentally responsible project, as the solutions used reduce the annual energy consumption from 20% to 60%, depending on the installed product when compared to the conventional lamps”, Alexandre Ferrari, general manager at GE Lighting for Brazil, explains. 

In addition, all project solutions are part of the GE Ecomagination concept, commitment adopted by the company for almost 10 years and whose objective is to develop innovating technologies, which fulfill the environmental challenges brought by the global economical growth. According to Ken Herd, leader of the GE Global Research Center in Brazil, with the urgency to protect the environment, the world tries changes in the infrastructure area, which drives the adoption of more efficient solutions even more and reduces the energy consumption.

“The objective of the Research Center is to work on analyses for the development of new technologies, which mainly fulfill the demands of the infrastructure growth in Brazil and the region”, he comments. “Thus, it makes sense to adopt eco-efficient technologies in its physical structure to be an example to expand the rational use of the natural resources in the Country, even more with the quality of the GE Lighting Ecomagination solutions”, the executive adds. 

Since the launching of the Ecomagination platform, GE has already invested US$ 12 billion in research and development and has generated more than US$ 160 billion in revenues. The proper company has reduced its greenhouse effect gas emission by 32% since 2004 and the use of sweet water by 45% since 2006.


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Date: 2014

Solutions for Outdoor Areas

The LED technology was used in 100% of the outdoor area of the Center and will provide up to 60% of energy saving. In addition, its high durability reduces the frequency and the cost of maintenance, as its useful life is up to 50 thousand hours. 

Lights of the Okapi line of GE Lighting were installed, equipped with the 44 Watts LED system, applied in the place of 150W conventional lamps. The LED lights by GE generate white light with high CRI (Color Reproduction Index), which can be precisely directed to the areas to be illuminated, reducing the waste of light and the luminous contamination of the environment and its surroundings.“In this area, our greatest concern was to guarantee good luminosity and avoid shadows, in order to offer higher sense of security”, Ferrari comments. 

On the façade of the main building, which is made of glass, the Tetra Contour solution, a flexible LED lighting system, was used, which provides the classical neon look used to highlight the buildings outlines, mainly at distance. “The same solution was used on Tower Bridge in London to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games and its energy consumption is low: 11W per meter, i.e., up to 40% more energetic efficiency than neon, with easier to perform installation”, Ferrari comments.

Technologies for the Indoor Environments

For the indoor area, the project tried offering comfort for the employees. “The sky in Rio de Janeiro is very bright and the laboratories and the administrative building are provided with natural light. Thus, we sought bringing the comfort we would have outside into the buildings, adapting the luminous amount according to the needs and including lights, which offer less glare”, Ferrari explained.

The lamps used are from the T5 Wattmiser line, with three types of power 13W, 25W and 47W, depending on the need of luminosity at the place. The energy saving of these lamps may reach 20% when compared to the conventional T5 and its useful life is 36 thousand hours, above the average on the market, which is 15,000.

In addition, in the rooms situated close to the glass façade and where, because of this, the incidence of light is high, there are lights with luminosity control system, enabling the lamp to become dimmer and with less than 50% of its capacity. “The lamp automation system is the most intelligent in terms of sustainability. The sensor identifies how much natural light is entering and complements with artificial light according to the need of the environment”, Ferrari points out. In addition, in the meeting rooms, there is an infra-red presence sensor, and not a movement one, “This sensor recognizes whether there are people inside the environment, even if there is no activity at the location”, he finishes.

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