Powering light – photovoltaic and LED lighting solutions

An event taking place at the University of Bath on Thursday 12 May will address the ways in which the technologies of light are set to have a huge impact on the green economy.

The event will address the use of photovoltaic solar panels, set to become a viable supplement to electricity generation, and solid state lighting with LEDs, which can drastically reduce the electricity required to light our homes and businesses.

LED and PV technologies have much in common, both are based on semiconductors, both operate at low voltage, both need high efficiency, both require new approaches for building integration and both will see huge growth in the next few years.

Used separately, both PV and LEDs can have a significant economic and environmental impact. However, with so many similarities, the greatest gains in the future may be found from deploying both technologies together.

This event gives the perspectives of those who have pioneered combining PV and LEDs in domestic and industrial applications as well as an overview of the latest forecasts for LED and PV growth.

The stellar growth rates predicted for PV and LEDs are driven by financial incentives and improved aesthetics at least as much as they are by environmental benefit.

For this reason, the event will cover the impact of fee-in-tariffs on PV use in the UK, a view on what architectural designers are looking for from these products and details of possible future technology developments.

This event is for anyone advising on or working with renewable energy solutions, those looking to understand developments in PV and LED lighting, how they compare and the prospects for them being used together.

An interactive roundtable discussion will seek to identify the issues with combining PV and LEDs on a larger scale, the issues associated with doing so, when such combined uses can be expected and what their impact could be.

The event will take place from 9:30am until 4pm on Thursday 12 May at the University of Bath. Advanced registration is required. A full programme for the event and tickets (£25 + VAT per delegate) are available online here.

University of Bath staff and students can attend the event for free but will still need to register - please contact Katrina James in the press office from your University of Bath email address for a discount code to use when filling in the booking form.

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