Benninghoven apprentices receive Energy Scouts award
Optimisation of the lighting system results in a 64 % efficiency increase
Climate and environmental protection are important issues for the young generation – including at Benninghoven. How can companies save even more energy and CO₂ and improve handling of their resources? Three Benninghoven apprentices pursued these questions as part of the Energy Scouts 2021 project by the IHK (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) by developing and implementing a sustainable concept for optimising the car park lighting. The intelligent control of the switching groups, adapted to the shift and weekend periods, saves energy, reduces costs and strengthens the sustainability principles of the Wirtgen Group.
Saves CO₂: stadium effect vs demand-based lighting
There were many ideas, from hot water generation to compressed air supply. Together with the Benninghoven Facility Management, Andreas Freis, Jannik Theis and Zachery Lake – all third year apprentices for industrial electronics – were looking for a project that had a high energy saving potential and would be easy to implement as part of their apprenticeship training. They finally decided on “optimising the car park lighting”, which had already been a point of contention among the employees. The objective was to replace the “stadium illumination effect” with targeted lighting controlled through switching circuits, ensuring best possible capacity utilisation while being energy efficient.