Orion Energy Systems Inc. was honored recently with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)-Professional Engineers in Industry's 2010 Product of the Year award for the power technology enterprise's direct renewable Apollo® solar light pipe.
The commercial-grade Apollo® solar light pipe harvests daylight and directs it to the work area of a facility using no electricity. When integrated with a facility's lighting systems and ambient light sensors, and when illumination levels from the light pipes reach a desired point, electric lights will automatically shut off, all or in part until needed again.
"This award is a reflection of a technology in which the conversion of energy is eliminated. The Apollo® solar light pipe brings light into a facility in its purest form, bypassing the distribution and transmission system. The result is improved lighting and reduced energy costs," said Mike Potts, Orion's executive vice president.
The Apollo® light pipe has been deployed at some of Orion's largest customers, including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Sysco Foods, MillerCoors and Apple. The U.S. Army recently installed more than 1,300 Apollo® solar light pipes at Fort Bliss, the Army's second largest base, located in El Paso, Texas.
In addition to the environmental and cost-saving benefits, the Apollo® solar light pipe can positively affect employees' moral and productivity. Advantages of the natural light provided by the light pipes include reduced worker illness and injury, enhanced worker productivity, improved visual acuity, reduced eyestrain and fewer headaches.