We have all seen in movies those oil lamps or candles lighting the streets of cities, but when is street lighting modernized in Spain? What was the first public tender to manage this facility? In Letter Engineers we recently arrived at Barcelona City Council and we have found very interesting data.
We must go back to the nineteenth century, namely the year 1826, so that in Barcelona lights as street lighting system the first gas lamp. According to historians, it is the first time that the streets are lit enough to not feel unprotected.
The City Council of Barcelona convened in 1841 a public lighting contest won by a French industrial engineer. This one founded two years later the company Catalan Society for gas lighting. We currently know it as Naturgy or, the most backward, by Gas Natural Fenosa. As a curiosity, to comment that the street lighting service comes to Barcelona before running water to homes.
During the twentieth century, with the discovery of electric light, began the decline of gas lights since this new system was much cheaper, comfortable and durable. The gas discharge lamps arrive in which, through electricity, the luminescence phenomenon is achieved. One of the first gases used is mercury vapor which, for those who do not know, emits with a wave in which the ultraviolet predominates. Later improves efficiency in street lighting with the arrival of sodium vapor and its characteristic orange color. A few years ago, and it entered the new century, break into the LED technology in street lighting.
Because of the energy transition we live currently marketing energy undergoes radical changes daily. For more than 20 years, the electricity sector in Spain has been liberalized and, nevertheless, it has not been an effective Law as such. Therefore new models to appear Energy Barcelona have emerged. The council manages the generation and marketing in their own facilities. To generate uses different renewable sources such as photovoltaic and wind. However, it is methane from garbage which it gets its greatest green energy.
In Letter Engineers committed to new energy management models for municipal street lighting. We believe that these new models have a lot to say and here we will be to help them in this difficult way.
One of the great challenges of this society is to achieve the change of the current energy model for another more sustainable, more efficient, more environmentally friendly and, of course, to ensure an improved social and economic world
That is why, and the unsustainability of the current energy model based on the consumption of fossil fuels that has so many harmful effects for all of us (when I say of harmful, I not only am referring to climate change), that the Electric Vehicle is being introduced in society as a GREAT alternative to our system of public and private mobility.
While it is true, we still have many who have doubts and especially when we think: where do I plug it if I go on a trip? … since, in many territories, there is not yet a recharge network that gives us peace of mind when we move our electric vehicle. To do this, there are a number of existing aid to carry out investments in charging equipment for electric vehicles.
Aids to encourage the use of the Electric Vehicle
In Andalusia, within the Intelligent Networks area of the Program for the Sustainable Energy Development of Andalusia we find very interesting incentive lines that have the following aims:
PROMOTE THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR COUNTRY TOWARDS A SMART CITY MODEL, THROUGH A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT THAT IS RESPECTFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT
With this aid: what is encouraged?
The purpose of this line of aid is the development of infrastructures that facilitate the use of electricity, or the use of gas or hydrogen in the transport of people or goods, with actions such as:
CHARGING FACILITIES FOR SINGLE USE
RECHARGE FACILITIES PUBLICLY AVAILABLE
O RECHARGE ADVANCED FACILITIES
and for municipalities with fewer than 20.000 habitants, the percentage of aid can reach up to 70% of the fundable costs.
How can Letter Engineers help you?
Letter Engineers experts in efficient energy management systems, has a technical office formed by experts from various branches of engineering and environment, who are responsible for advising our clients and potential clients on fundable projects, such as those related to the Electric Vehicle
In addition, in our engineering department LETTER ING we have experts electrical engineers in ELECTRICITY OUTSIDE and relaxed experience in technical assistance for project development, preliminary and tender documents, design and project development, licensing, environmental impact studies and management of projects of this type.
Do not hesitate and contact our experts, a sustainable future is possible if we all take part.
Letter Engineers is awarded the service of management and control of public lighting of the City of Barcelona for 4 years.
Technical Assistance and Management of Public Lighting
The object of the contract is double: to be technical assistance in support of the operation of the control system as well as manage and optimize energy consumption.
Barcelona City Council decided in 2016 for a new centralized control service for its public lighting. The control is based on monitoring and supervision through a platform that integrates all the energy and maintenance aspects. Since 2018 this service will be managed by Letter Engineers and Bettergy, who will work closely with public lighting services of the City Hall. If everything goes well the company intends to be at least until 2022, since it is a contract extendable in 2 + 2 years.
Currently the scope of the contract consists of 2,909 command centers of which 60% of them are remote managed. The vast majority of them communicate with radio technology through 6 receivers, although there is also point-to-point management. In addition, in recent years they have been adding energy-saving measures such as flow regulators and LED lamps with different levels.
One of the most innovative systems in which we are working is the dynamic control of luminosity from lux measurements every 15 seconds. System implemented for years and that will be refined in the next.
Now Letter Engineers manages the public lighting of two of the largest and most emblematic Spanish city halls: Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Recall that we were awarded the contract to Palma in 2015 for a total of 4 years ending next year. With all this, the company strengthens and consolidates as the national benchmark in the efficient management of public lighting.
Letter Engineers company responsible for carrying out the work of “Energy audit and technical memory of the actions to be taken in buildings of municipal ownership in the town hall of Talavera de la Reina”.
Award to Letter Engineers: Contract requirements
As was already mentioned, Letter Engineers has been the company Awardee to carry out the Energy Efficiency project in several buildings in the municipality of Talavera de la Reina.
As an indispensable requirement for the Town Hall, it is that the results obtained from these Audits serve as the basis to fulfill the aims of the Feder Castilla – La Mancha Operational Program 2014-2020.
For this, Letter Engineers will perform the works according to the PROTOCOL ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF COMMUNITIES OF CASTILLA – LA MANCHA.
The social center, the sports hall or the fire station (among others) are the buildings in which the technical team of Letter Engineers will analyze, visit and study in detail all the facilities and equipment consuming energy. The aim is to propose a series of measures in line with the building energy saving, its use and its current situation.
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is an analysis that allows us to know the mode of working, operation and performance of existing facilities, in this case, in a public building of municipal ownership, the state of its components, energy consumption and corresponding operating costs , with the aim of:
- Improve energy efficiency and energy savings of these facilities
- Adjust and adapt these facilities to current regulations
What technical means are necessary to successfully develop this contract?
The energy audit to be carried out and the team of Letter Engineers designated for it, complies with the provisions of RD 56/2016, of February 12, which transposes the directive 2012/27 / EU of the European Parliament and the council, of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency in terms of energy audits, accreditation of service providers and energy auditors and promoting efficiency of energy supply, especially Article 8 thereof.
Energy Efficiency: Key to achieving European goals 2020
As indicated in Royal Decree 56/2016, of 12 February, which transposes Directive 2012/27 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of October 25, 2012, relating to Energy Efficiency, this it is defined as an essential aspect of the European strategy for sustainable growth in the 2020 horizon, and therefore it is one of the most profitable ways to strengthen the security of energy supply and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and of other polluting substances.
The next day, April 10, 2018 will be the Call 2018 for the selection of Climate Projects, referring to projects to reduce CO2 emissions in Spain in diffuse sectors whose emissions reductions can be acquired under the FES-CO2 Carbon Fund.
Aid Program: Climate projects
The Climate Projects of the Carbon Fund for a Sustainable Economy (FES-CO2) are projects to reduce emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) developed in Spain.
The Climate Projects, promoted through the FES-CO2, are designed to mark a path of transformation of the Spanish productive system towards a low carbon model.
The climate projects will be located in Spain and will be developed in the so-called “diffuse sectors” (not subject to the European emission trading scheme), such as the transport, agriculture, residential or waste, among others.
The reductions of emissions acquired through the FES-CO2 will require the fulfillment of a series of requirements, among others, those established in article 7 of RD 1494/2011, of October 24, which regulates the Carbon Fund for a Sustainable Economy:
- Be additional to those derived from the sectoral regulations established in the current legislation that apply to them.
- Proceed from facilities and sectors not subject to the emissions trading scheme.
- Be measurable and verifiable, so that they are reflected in the inventory of greenhouse gases in Spain.
- They will be calculated in accordance with methodologies to be approved by the Governing Council.
There are two types of Climate Projects:
Traditional Climate Project
It corresponds to the project that includes one or several defined activities, with a specific start date for each of them.
It corresponds to an expanded approach to project that includes several activities that are progressively added to the program, allowing similar activities and are distributed in different geographical areas of Spain, can be grouped into the concept of a program. In addition, under this concept of program, the gradual adhesion of activities that fit into a common denominator is allowed, that is, they propose the same type of action.
The documentation will be updated at the time of opening of the call. In this way, on April 10 we will inform you again.
However, the approach will be similar to that of previous years so let’s prepare the models, Letter Engineers as always is here to advise you.