ACCIONA and the Port Authority of Valencia have completed the hoisting of the city’s new lighthouse, the first in the world made from composite materials. The maneuver involved placing the new 32-meter-high lighthouse on its definitive site, the northern extension of the Port of Valencia. It is made from composites that provide higher resistance to exposure to the marine environment, reduce maintenance work and restrict the impact on the environment to a minimum.
The light weight of the composite materials, specifically developed by ACCIONA Infraestructuras’ R&D center, make the construction process of the lighthouse a pioneering one worldwide, with the structure being manufactured in ACCIONA’s Assembly Center in Noblejas (Toledo province). It was transported to Valencia by road, and once in the port was hoisted and anchored on its definitive site, reducing the time of the construction phase and avoiding around 20 per cent of the pollution associated with the construction of these infrastructures using traditional methods. The hoisting of the structure was successfully completed on Friday February 13th and took less than three hours, reducing interference with port operations to a minimum in the process.
Other work will continue following the hoisting of the structure, for example, placing the lamp, The installation is likely to be completed in April.
The new lighthouse, designed by Ignacio Pascual, Director de Infrastructures of the Port Authority of Valencia and developed and produced by ACCIONA Infraestructuras, is innovative in terms of its greater energy self-sufficiency, as it will have ten south-facing solar panels and a vertical axis wind generator that will reduce the energy consumption of the structure considerably. The lighthouse has also been equipped with LED technology, giving a range of 25 nautical miles and an electricity consumption of 70 watts.
The use of composites in the construction of the lighthouse helps to make this kind of infrastructure more sustainable, both in environmental and economic terms.
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