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Connecting Energy Efficiency


With LUX Live 2013 fast approaching, Phoenix Contact is making preparations for the launch of our latest products as this year’s event. In recent years our focus has been on energy efficiency and electricity generation in homes, offices, factories, and in transport. In every environment, there are technical challenges to address and device connectivity plays a significant part.


All devices, whether wired or wireless rely at some point on a connector of some description, and the way that connection works is integral to the functionality and


ease of use of the device. Phoenix Contact develops product with industry specialists to ensure that they meet the needs of the applications they are designed for. The modern commercial building is full of technology, much of which is designed to generate electricity or reduce energy consumption. Solar is commonly found on the roofs of commercial buildings, but in recent years BIPV, or Building Integrated Photo Voltaic technology, has been incorporated into new commercial buildings. Modern architecture favours the use of glass facades which look clean and sleek, but not all the


glass panels are windows. The spaces between the windows can incorporate solar panels which are neatly contained within the facade frames. Phoenix Contact has developed the SUNCLIX Mini BIPV junction box and connector system to integrate the solar panels seamlessly into the facades of buildings.


The electricity generated by solar panels is consumed by the building with the excess fed to the grid via a smart meter. Smart grid is a concept for macro generation of electricity that can be fed into the national grid from multiple sources including solar, wind and conventional power stations. Smart meters are part of the interconnected smart grid, providing information about energy generation and consumption. This allows the grid to manage the distribution of energy to where it is needed, and in doing so improving the efficiency of the whole grid network. Phoenix Contact offer a range of electronics housings ideally suited to smart meter applications, together with device connection technology to seamlessly connected local power generation to the wider grid. With buildings generating their own electricity and reducing their carbon footprint, the next


saving is from the use of LED lighting inside and outside the building.


One of the challenges for LED lighting designers is how to supply power, often at low voltages, and control signals to the LED light engines throughout the building in a secure and seamless way. The connection technology must be robust to survive the installation and life of the product, which tends to be much longer than the


conventional light bulb, as well as low profile in order to


complement the overall design of the fixture. The PTSM white series from Phoenix Contact has been specifically designed to meet these challenges, featuring: robust surface mount contact and anchor system; fast tool free connection technology; UV resistant white housing which will not discolour over the life of the product.


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