Press Release Summary:
Suited for commercial restrooms, ndite(TM) uses photovoltaic cells to convert restroom lighting to energy, which activates flow of water to ExpressÂ® SS and MG series lavatory systems. Whether natural light or normal room-level lighting, cells capture light when it is available and store energy for later use in battery-free system. After initial charge of 30 minutes, self-sustaining system provides steady stream of power to sensors and valves controlling activation.
Original Press Release:
Bradley Launches First Light-Powered Lavatory System
- Company's Proprietary Technology Advances Energy Efficiency for Commercial Restrooms -
MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS., (Nov. 22, 2004) - Bradley Corp., the leader in complete solutions for commercial washrooms, is introducing the first light-powered handwashing fixture in the industry. The patent-pending ndite(TM) technology developed by Bradley converts restroom lighting to energy, which activates the flow of water to its Express® SS and MG series lavatory systems.
The Bradley ndite technology uses photovoltaic cells integrated into the top of the Express Lavatory System to convert light into electricity. Whether natural light or normal room-level lighting, the cells capture light when it is available and store the energy for later use in a battery-free system, ndite technology eliminates the need for electrical hook-ups.
"Our new ndite technology will revolutionize the lavatory category - this is no ordinary sink," said Nate Kogler, product manager for Bradley Corp. "By 'unplugging' our Express handwashing stations, we've created a fixture that is not only energy efficient and environmentally sound, but also virtually maintenance free."
Until now, lavatories have used electricity and battery power. Diagnosing and replacing a dead battery can cost upwards of $400, and for some systems this can add up to $ 1,600 per fixture each year. Environmentally-friendly ndite technology not only eliminates these costs, but helps reduce the 2.5 billion pounds of batteries that are sent to landfills each year.
The ndite system, after an initial charge of 30 minutes, will provide years of trouble-free operation. The system is self-sustaining and provides a steady stream of power to the sensors and valves controlling activation. Even in environments where the lights may be off for up to five days, the system will maintain its charge.
Restrooms with 400 lx of lighting will provide a sufficient amount of light to power the ndite system. Since a typical restroom is designed with lighting directly over the handwashlng fixtures, this requirement is easily met. For heavier traffic areas additional illumination is required.
For over 80 years, Bradley Corporation has designed and manufactured commercial washfountains, and today is the industry's exclusive source for plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers. Serving commercial, industrial, health care, recreation, education, and corrections markets worldwide, Bradley is headquartered in Wisconsin. For more information, contact Bradley, Telephone: (800) Bradley; Fax: (262) 251-5817; http://www. bradleycorp.com.