The Energy Turnaround

Evidently, the much discussed topic ‘energy turnaround’ plays a major role at LightLife.

Considering the Renewable Energies Act (EEG-Umlage) and the current increasing electricity prices, the energy turnaround has become the focus of public attention. Furthermore, this energy turnaround effort is not only causing a stir in Germany, but also in the neighboring countries. Therefore, predictions about financial advantages are already being made in consideration with the economic strength of the individual EU Member States compared to the USA and China. Indeed, it is an important issue which cannot be ignored.

On the other hand, this energy location advantage is difficult to detect.

A similar problem arises with the worldwide waste of nuclear-generated electricity which cannot be disposed for centuries.
In order to illustrate this issue in a different way, and to show what kinds of difficulties have been generated regarding the disposal of nuclear waste, we take a three-room apartment as an example.
Just imagine: The daily household waste could not be disposed into a normal bin at all. Instead, the waste would be ‘stored temporarily’ in one of the three rooms for a couple of hundred years. It is only a matter of time until a widescreen TV would become cruft due to space restrictions.

Furthermore, the increase of global warming which is predominantly caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, is not even questioned by Hans-Werner Sinn (German economist and President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research) who makes a very critical statement (german) towards the energy turnaround in one of his speeches.

On the other hand, futurologist Lars Thomsen is holding a more positive view. In one of his speeches (german) about the topic ‘electromobility’ he explains how rapid the technological change could be over time, on the basis of practical examples.

For our part, we also see more opportunities and chances than risks. Therefore, we continuously experiment and research. For this purpose, we have installed a 29.75 kWp photovoltaic system on the roof of the LightLife offices in Cologne which covers LightLife’s need for electrical energy.

Beyond pure electricity generation, we see high potential in the field of energy efficiency in consideration with home automation (Smart Home).
Thus, we have already converted large parts of our Cologne headquarters into automated technology which results are astonishing – even for us.

Furthermore, we refuse to use and to sell so-called energy saving lamps. Moreover, we and our customers only use glass bottles at our offices. As a consequence of doing so, we sometimes get derogatory looks from beverage suppliers because of PET-bottles gaining ground of the beverage market.

We are convinced that the broad field of renewable energies is going to change our environment positively. Hence, with LED technologies, SMART HOME technologies and electromobility, we face an enormous technological and social change.

We feel delighted to continue contributing our part in this development!

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