Ligman Lights Illuminate Dubai Sports Complex.
Founded in Thailand by Sakchai Manawongsakulin 1995, Ligman lights are the professional lighting design provider who transformed the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum sports complex from an ordinary build ing into a visionary masterpiece with the use of outdoor lighting.
The multi-purpose stadium, which hosted the10th FINA World Swimming Championships in December 2010, is situated off Dubai Bypass Road at a sprawling 61 acres of land. The aquatic centre, said to be the world's best indoor aquatic facility, hosted 130 countries during the swimming championships and is
the key element of the arena. The centre is a two-tier golden teardrop-shaped facility with an Olympic standard 50-metre pool known as a 'long course' along with another 50-metre pool with a moveable floor.
The project is unique in its architectural
designs that are in line with highest international standards and specifications.
While undertaking the project the Municipality took into consideration the characteristics of the area, the easiness to enter and exit as well
as link to major roads. The complex is only enhanced further by the environmental friendly outdoor lights, which work on a stand-alone
solar system provided by Ligman lights.
"We are using latest simulation software to
design and generate photo-realistic models to meet the lighting requirements. We concentrate on the luminance from our photometric data
to show the actual lighting atmosphere whilst balancing the lighting requirement needs. "By utilizing the most sophisticated technology, the highest levels of technical expertise and the latest designs, a comprehensive range of outdoor luminary products has been produced for industrial, commercial and domestic markets for export to countries around the world. LIGMAN also has the ability to manufacture solar products to meet the specific requirements of customers," said Manawongsakul.
Why do we need to rely on solar energy?
The abundance of Solar Energy.
The sun is the hidden asset for energy in the Middle East region. The Middle East has availability of more than 3,500 sunny hours per annum. Isn't it a good reason to use the unused energy of the deserts? You don't pay for sunlight. Sunlight is totally free. There is of course the initial investment for the equipment. After the initial capital outlay you won't be receiving a bill every month for the rest of your life from the electric utility.
Solar energy is getting more cost effective.
The technology for solar energy is evolving at an increasing rate. At present photovoltaic technology is still relatively
expensive but the technology is improving and production is increasing. The result of this is to drive costs
Solar energy is non-polluting.
Solar energy is an excellent alternative for fossil fuels like coal and petroleum because solar energy is practically emission free while generating electricity. With solar energy the danger of further damage to the environment is minimized.
Accessibility of solar power in remote locations.
Solar power can generate electricity no matter how remote the area as long as the sun shines there. Even in areas that are inaccessible to power cables solar power can produce electricity.
Solar energy systems are virtually maintenance free.
Once a photovoltaic array is setup it can last for decades. Once they are installed and setup there are practically zero recurring costs. The only challenge is regular cleanliness of photovoltaic panels due to dust accumulation on the panel
LIGMAN's architectural lighting main showroom and sales and customer service office are in Thailand with a staff of 280 and a total of 350 staff worldwide. It has a branch office in UAE.
|Facts about Ligman Solar at Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.
- Total energy saving 210.21Kw/day.
- 75.7Mw p.a. energy saving.
- Cost of electricity saved 22,702 p.a. (calculated as 0.3AED/- per )
- Saves Co2 emission 235kg p.a
- Minimum maintenance.
- Advantage of local climatic condition.
- Dust accumulation on solar panels is a challenge hence time to time maintenance is done by Ligman.
- Automatic on-off lights help in energy saving.
- Recyclable components.
- Saves cost of Cables and reduces labor charges.