為發掘更多具潛力的初創項目，E&M InnoPortal會臚列各政府部門、公共機構和機電行業的技術開發需求清單，讓各大學和初創企業提供與機電相關的創新和技術解決方案。我們希望以E&M InnoPortal作為配對平台，由機電署作橋樑聯繫雙方，把具潛質的技術安排在總部大樓以至其他設施試驗，共同協作和推動產品的研發和應用。
E&M InnoPortal已經正式啟用，有興趣的客戶部門、大學和初創企業請致電2808 3879與高級工程師林鑫駿先生聯絡，亦可登入網址www.emsd.gov.hk/inno，以獲取更多相關資訊。
Establishing Inno-Office and E&M InnoPortal
The EMSD has been actively supporting the development of start-ups and encouraging them to turn their research and development projects on innovation and technology (I&T) into products for launching in the market. Following our earlier announcement on opening up the EMSD Headquarters Building as a common testing ground for E&M start-ups, the “Inno-Office” was established in February this year to coordinate a series of measures in fostering the development of I&T. In addition, an online I&T collaboration platform “E&M InnoPortal” has been set up to help enhance cooperation with universities and start-ups.
To identify more start-up projects with good potential, E&M InnoPortal will maintain a list of the technology development needs of various government departments, public bodies and the E&M trade, enabling various universities and start-ups to offer E&M related I&T solutions. With the E&M InnoPortal as a matching platform, EMSD plays a bridging role between both parties in a partnership, and facilitate trial application of technologies with good potential in our headquarters building or other facilities, with a view to jointly promoting and driving the development and application of new products.
The E&M InnoPortal is officially launched. For more information, interested clients, universities and start-ups may contact Mr. Tommy Lam, Senior Engineer, at 2808 3879. You may also visit www.emsd.gov.hk/inno.
First Pilot Project Kicks Off
Last November, we announced the use of the EMSD Headquarters Building as a common testing ground for E&M start-ups. In the subsequent few months, a potential energy saving start-up project, Fan Coil Unit Energy Saver, has been selected and being deployed in our headquarters building. Converting research projects into real-life products not only helps the development of start-ups, but also demonstrates new opportunities for energy saving and environmental protection to our clients and the trade, achieving a win-win outcome.
In a conventional fan coil unit, the electric motor operates in three discrete speed settings: high, medium, and low. The Fan Coil Unit Energy Saver is an energy saving device. By varying the voltage to control the fan motor speed, the overall electricity consumption of the fan motor in a central air-conditioning system can be reduced. Besides saving energy for the headquarters building, the device also extends the life of the fan motor.
Currently, we are conducting trial tests, on-going site surveys and installations. Our goal is to install this energy saving device at multiple locations within the building. The entire project is expected to be completed in the middle of the year. We will continue to monitor the operation, collect and compare data to evaluate its effectiveness.
Explore New Frontiers for Energy Saving
The EMSD not only supports the development of I&T projects by start-ups, but also proactively conducts studies and searches for new technologies for our client departments. To encourage clients explore new frontiers for energy efficiency, energy saving and emission reduction, EMSD introduced a new concept in designing and manufacturing a Smart Footbridge Lighting Dimming Control System. It provides safe, reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective public lighting, benefiting both our clients and the public.
The Smart Footbridge Lighting Dimming Control System will automatically adjust the lighting level. When the motion sensor detects a pedestrian passing nearby, the LED light will be adjusted automatically to meet the lighting level specified in the Public Lighting Design Manual. This Smart Footbridge Lighting Dimming Control System is flexible and easily configurable. Without making noticeable difference to pedestrians, the system allows further design of different lighting modes, for example, by varying the lighting brightness and duration to suit different pedestrian flows of individual footbridge while meeting the lighting standards. It takes care of the practical needs of the public and saves energy.
The first pilot project was launched at the footbridge at Hammer Hill Road, Choi Hung, across Lung Cheung Road. The pedestrian flow there is relatively low. After application of the new Smart Footbridge Lighting Dimming Control System and LED lamps, the saving on electricity consumption was up to 50%. In view of the satisfactory result, we have started installing this system at footbridges in Yuen Long, Choi Hung, Kwai Chung, Taikoo Shing and Causeway Bay. Looking forward, we will continue to identify suitable footbridges for installation of the system, and to monitor its performance with a view to optimising the system design.
If clients are interested in the Fan Coil Unit Energy Saver and Smart Footbridge Lighting Dimming Control System, please contact Mr. Tang Wai-ho, Ronald, Senior Engineer, at 3757 6134.