Benninghoven trainees recognized as Energy Scouts
Optimization of the lighting system resulted in a 64% increase in efficiency
At Benninghoven too, the younger generation is deeply concerned about combating climate change and protecting the environment. How can companies reduce energy consumption and CO₂ emissions even further, and where can improvements be made in the use of company resources? Three Benninghoven trainees examined these questions as part of the IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) project “Energy Scouts 2021” and developed and implemented a sustainable concept for optimizing the parking lot lighting. The intelligent control of the switching groups, tailored to shift and weekend times, saves energy, reduces costs and reinforces the Wirtgen Group's sustainability principles.
Saves CO₂: Stadium effect versus on-demand lighting
There were plenty of ideas – from heating water to supplying compressed air. In conjunction with Benninghoven Facility Management, Andreas Freis, Jannik Theis and Zachery Lake, all three in their third year of training as electronics technicians for industrial engineering, looked for a project that offered high potential for energy savings and was feasible within the scope of their training. The decision was made to “optimize the parking lot lighting” – a much-discussed topic among employees in the past. The aim was to replace the “stadium lighting effect” with targeted, circuit-controlled lighting that ensured the best possible utilization and was also energy-efficient.