GCC countries can potentially save over $5 billion to $10 billion in infrastructural investment by 2020, through the use of smart technology in monitoring and measuring energy usage, according to a recent study by global management consultants, A.T. Kearney.
The report said the use of smart metering and smart grids can predict usage patterns and adjust power generation and transmission to convey energy to the place where it is needed the most.
These technologies combined with energy-efficient lighting and illumination systems can prove useful to the economies of the GCC, which are known for their high energy use.
“With the extreme weather conditions that prevail in the region, energy consumption is very high. There is intense interest in technologies that enable optimum benefits to individuals and companies while at the same time saving energy,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Light Middle East 2011.
The show will focus interest on energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting solutions and design.
“The exhibition and conference will highlight the role played by smart technology in resource conservation, efficient use of energy and less polluting methods of consumption. The issue is even more relevant in today’s modern environment as high levels of power consumption have been straining the generation and transmission facilities in the region,” he added.
Some of the exhibitors participating at Light Middle East will be showcasing their ranges of smart technology lighting. Thorn Lighting MENA, with a wide range of applications from road lighting to sport lighting and from indoor to outdoor lighting, will showcase its new Orus Luminaire is a brand new concept, which puts a compact low wattage metal halide lamp in a special bi-directional optic. The resulting product is a low energy light with asymmetric distribution and no glare. The new lighting system can be seen at the Meydan Race Course VIP Bridge in Dubai.
Light Middle East 2011, which runs from September 12-14, 2011, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, will highlight the latest trends and developments in the lighting industry.