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The new lighthouse of Valencia’s port has received the award for the innovation in composites

The new lighthouse of Valencia’s port has received the award for the innovation under the category of infrastructure at the JEC World 2016 Innovation Awards, the most important awards of the world in the field of composites. The award, which will be delivered on 8 March in Paris, has awarded the innovation both in the design and construction of the 32-metres lighthouse, located in the North extension of Valencia’s port.

The lighthouse, designed by the architect Ignacio Pascual, manager of Infrastructures of the Port Authority of Valencia, has received the technical assistance of AIMPLAS during the development and the construction of the infrastructure. It is the first lighthouse in the world to be built entirely from advanced composites, such as carbon fibre and glass fibre, what provides lightness, with a weight of only 20 000 kg. In this regard, the use of composite materials guarantees a higher resistance to the exposure to marine environments, since they are not affected by corrosion, requires a less number of maintenance tasks and entails a 20 % reduction of CO2 emissions in the construction process, since it requires less movement of heavy materials.

The new facility has LED technology, what allows to reach 25 nautical miles, with an energy consumption of 70 watts and a shelf life of 100 000 hours. Likewise, it is self-sufficient energetically since it uses renewable energies. The lighthouse incorporates concretely ten solar panels facing the South and a vertical axis wind turbine, what contributes to reduce significantly the energy consumption.

This pioneer construction process at world scale has allowed to reduce about a 50 % the duration of works. The Port Authority of Valencia hired the construction of the structure to Acciona Infraestructuras, who developed each one of the parts at its R&D centre in Alcobendas (Madrid). Then, it was assembled at Acciona’s plant of Noblejas (Toledo) and it was finally transported on road in one piece to the port of Valencia by means of a special transport. The raising of the infrastructure was completed in less than three hours, so the impact in the port was very low.