We had constant problems with our lighting and the cables were too old to provide power. Our new LED solution means that these issues are consigned to the past.
Alcoa is the second largest aluminum producer in the world, supplying industries across Europe. The production site is located in Lista in southern Norway.
When the world’s second largest aluminum producer, Alcoa, needed a new lighting solution, Solar Light was the ideal choice. The end result provides better and safer working conditions for all employees on site.
Obsolete light bulbs and fluorescent tubes were replaced with a customised LED solution that created a brighter workplace for almost 200 employees at Alcoa in Norway. As well as delivering greater energy efficiency, the new lighting system has also enhanced safety in the production area.
“Our staff used to wear headlights, but after the new lighting system was installed, we were able to do without them. We also used to have a few vehicle collisions, but the improved vision will obviously help to prevent more accidents,” says Ove Martin Kjølleberg from Alcoa.
He also points out two other benefits. Colour representation has improved, which means that cables are easier to distinguish. And with the furnaces emitting different gases, it is now easier to spot when extra precautions need to be taken. Electricians at Alcoa used to change light bulbs every three years, and some of the lighting was changed even more frequently than that. The time saved can now be spent more efficiently.
“We had constant problems with our lighting and the cables were too old to provide power. Our new LED solution means that these issues are consigned to the past”, explains Ove Martin Kjølleberg.
Prior to the installation, Solar Light components were tested in an operational environment and exposed to the aluminum production temperature which is 30 degrees higher than the outside temperature.
As a result of the successful installation, another Solar Light solution will be installed inside two hangars at Alcoa’s production site in Norway.