NHS Trust first in Europe to install intelligent lighting

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has installed a cutting-edge energy efficient intelligent lighting system expected to save around £38,000 per year in energy bills.

Posted on 20 November 2019

The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust has installed a cutting-edge energy efficient intelligent lighting system expected to save around £38,000 per year in energy bills.

Nearly 1,000 lighting fixtures have been replaced with 612 LED fittings and sensors at the Trust’s Thomas Linacre Outpatient Centre in Wigan.

The sensors incorporate Bluetooth beacons which transmit and receive data, establishing an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) infrastructure across the site which constantly monitors data to tag and track the use of medical equipment and other assets.

The technology from Enlighted Inc., a Siemens company, can generate different visualisations such as heat mapping and motion trails, allowing the Trust to build better knowledge of space usage at the centre. It is believed to be the first application by a national health service in Europe.

‘Bolt on’ benefits

Mark Hogan, senior operational estates manager said: “When Enlighted came to us with a proposition that their technology could help reduce the organisation’s environmental impact through reduced energy consumption -  and at the same time introduce many other key technological tools to help with asset tracking, space utilisation and many other control functions - we were very interested.

“All of the aforementioned tools are built into one device which means that, although initially we installed the technology to control lights, which provided a very good return on investment, we have the ability to ‘bolt on’, at a click of a button, the other features of this all-encompassing technology.

Follow-on investment

The success of the project has enabled the Trust to successfully secure £800,000 of additional funding to install the intelligent lighting at its larger Royal Albert Edward Infirmary hospital in Wigan, which is expected to save a further £200,000 a year in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by around 900 tonnes a year.

The investments are part of a long-term ‘Carbon Management Implementation Plan’ to improve the Trust’s energy performance, which has been in place since 2007.

 

Posted under Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy and Public / Government / Charity on 20 November 2019