Earlier this month the complete European consortium of the Repro-light project met in Florence for their 2 day general meeting. Since the projects launch 18 months ago work it has gained momentum and progressed, and the group have already begun to share their findings publicly.
During the meeting the status of work was reviewed in detail, covering all aspects of the project.
The group then went on to drill-down into the details of each work package.
User Survey results (WP2): A paper on a Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) is being developed by Mondragon University and will be shared over the course of 2019. Another paper with Bartenbach on a European lighting survey will also be shared at LpS 2019.
Product Design (WP3): The Innovation and Technology Centre (ITZ) presented the first samples of the modular architecture. Bartenbach showed the consortium with optical concepts that could be configured to suit user requirements. Rohner Engineering then demonstrated Bluetooth mesh and user tracking. It was discussed that the prototype for the illuminated driver will take a few weeks to complete and that thermal management, avoidance of bulky electronics will need to be considered. BJB shared information on plugs for the LEDMs. Grado Zero Espace concluded the session agreeing to deliver first 3D printed aesthetic and functional parts by September.
Smart Production Scheme (WP4): BJB presented a concept for the production line. Time required for the production of the Repro-light luminaire was discussed. It was highlighted that the production line will allow monitoring of production process. Packaging and labelling is out of the scope of the Repro-light project.
Trilux presented an online configurator for the Sonnos downlight and explained that the chosen configuration will be directly transferred to the production line.
IPR Discussions (WP4): The Innovation and Technology Centre (ITZ) expanded on the IP agreements and explained a potential IP strategy to roll out throughout Repro-light. Luger Research added their input regarding IP tools.
Environmental Assessment (WP5): IREC outlined work to date regarding the two Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) they carried out. Ongoing work will cover the assembly line energy consumption, and a dimming model will be implemented based on geographical difference in daylight. Open issues discussed were a comprehensive assessment of the components, how to implement intelligent control features in to the LCA assessment.
Demonstration (WP6): A harmonised methodology framework was proposed by Bartenbach to assist with comparability of results, simplified analysis and simplified implementation. Proposed is remote coordination from Bartenbach as central operating unit with local study coordinator on site at every partner’s facility. Consortium members presented spaces to host demonstrations. It was highlighted we should avoid duplicating an existing HCL study. It was agreed the study should investigate features of the Repro-light luminaire.
Standardisation: From Trilux perspective a standardisation is not desired for the optical system, this preserves design freedom. Standardisation of interfaces is conceivable for LEDCs. Standardization regarding reparability and circular economy can lead to customer benefits. Bartenbach suggested the following fields of action Different “energy consumption standards” according to application area: Standard lighting, HCL lighting, Design lighting. Standardization of materials (e.g. substitution of PMMA). Standardisation in line with future EU legislation on Circular Economy/Reparability
Discussion continued around which level of standardisation is being aimed at? ISO standard is unrealistic goal and standardization should be incorporated in IPR-Strategy
Communications (WP7): The existing status and work to date was shared with the consortium by Luger Research. A proposal for an event stand was discussed and subsequently rejected due to resources.
Next Steps: Midterm reports will be summited and reviewed on May 28th and the next all consortium meeting is set for October/November 2019 in Vienna Austria.