26 June 2009

Dr. Konstantinos Papamichaels to present the IREC Lighting Department’s line of research in daylighting

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research explains to companies about the potential of the research conducted at the Institute. Daylighting in buildings is one of the most important areas to research in order to enhance energy efficiency inside constructions.

On July 16, Dr. Konstantino Papamichaels, Professor at the California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis (CLTC), will be in Barcelona to talk about the business opportunities offered by the most recent research into daylighting. IREC is currently carrying out technical presentations on current issues to make people aware of the different lines of research at the Institute and of how companies can take advantage of the research and the laboratories in this research area.

The CLTC at the University of California has become one of the leading centers in lighting research: it works to stimulate, facilitate and accelerate the development and commercialization of energy efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. It began operating in 2003, after an agreement was reached between the California Energy Commission, the United States Department of Energy and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association to advance energy efficient lighting and daylighting technologies.

From the beginning, the creation of the IREC Lighting Center has been centered on a strategic partnership agreement with the CLTC; thus, the IREC works in conjunction with a leading international group in lighting to conduct research projects and develop technology for efficient lighting system applications in four areas: luminescent materials, daylighting, control systems and the social perception of energy efficient lighting.

Dr. Konstantinos Papamichaels is a Professor in the Design Program and Co-Director of the California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Papamichaels participates in a wide range of academic and professional activities relating to daylighting, electric lighting, energy and environmental impact and he works on the design of computer-based tools. In addition, he is the author/co-author of over 70 publications in these areas. His recent work based on photosensors was granted the Progress Award by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). He is currently on the Daylighting Committee of this organization.