Perfect lighting control for sustainable logistics center


  • Energy-efficient lighting control for a logistics hall with 80,000 m2


  • DALI lighting control with thePassa DALI-2 presence sensors (corridor detectors)

A new logistics property at the Rhine-Lippe port is highly modern, well thought-out and energy-efficient. A sophisticated lighting system was developed for the 80,000-square-foot hall.

Within a few months, the building complex was constructed in the south of Wesel on the Lower Rhine. A conveniently located commercial area is being developed between the mouths of the Lippe and Wesel-Datteln canals into the Rhine.The area is not only convincing due to its direct connection to the Rhine-Lippe port, but also because of the good connection to the federal highway B8 as well as to the logistically important highway A3. The region's proximity to the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp also makes it a valuable hub for international goods traffic. At the same time, the location offers access to the Ruhr region, the Logport in Duisburg and the Cologne/Bonn region. These are ideal conditions for a logistics property of superlatives. However, it is not only the size of the complex that is lofty. Its technical equipment and a high standard of sustainability are also decisive plus points of the project. BEOS agrees: "This state-of-the-art property is a showcase project that sets new standards in the field of energy supply for logistics properties," says Alexander Schmid, Head of Development BEOS Logistics. One focus of the energy concept is on modern energy supply by means of geothermal energy, photovoltaic systems and heat pumps, which makes the property independent of fossil fuels. Overall, the planners are aiming for BREEAM Excellent certification for the property.


Innovative concept

The modern property was built on a 165,000 square meter site. Logistics space accounts for the majority of the leasable space at 81,400 square meters. In addition, 3,500 square meters of office and social space and 1,200 square meters of mezzanine space will be created. In addition to long-term leasing to a single tenant, the space is also suitable in principle for division into up to ten units for different users. This building technology concept was developed by engineers from LIST Bau Nordhorn. It is both innovative and groundbreaking: the building can heat and cool itself thanks to geothermal boreholes and a large-scale PV system including buffer storage. The concept was dimensioned with the help of simulations so that exactly as much energy is generated and managed as is needed. This sets standards in the area of ecological and economic sustainability. The building is also to score with a green facade and large-format wooden ceiling trusses.

The market for such sophisticated logistics real estate is definitely good at the moment. Many tenants are willing to dig deeper into their pockets for a high-quality logistics property. Another plus point for sustainable construction: The extremely increased energy costs in combination with the ESG criteria created a stronger demand for sustainable properties. And logistics companies are also increasingly being asked by their customers how sustainable their processes are. Operating the warehouses as CO2-neutrally as possible is then a plus on the balance sheet.


Efficient lighting desired

Where energy flows are documented so precisely, a particularly efficient lighting solution is naturally not far away. With Scharkon Lichtkonzepte from Ahlen, the client BEOS Logistics got a strong partner for efficient lighting design on its side. The task of the lighting designers was to plan the LED hall lighting and to equip it with optimal sensor technology in order to avoid energy waste. When it came to choosing the right presence detectors for the job, the company relied on products from Theben AG. The company's "Human Centered Building Automation" (HCBA) concept perfectly complements the approaches to planning according to BREEAM standards, as the concept focuses on people and their needs. According to this reading, the building is only equipped with as much technical equipment as is necessary for the low-energy operation of the building and for the comfort of the users. A high-quality building envelope complements the idea of energy conservation. The key is efficient building measurement and sensor technology that determines how much energy is actually needed and needs to be provided to a building's occupants based on demand. Under the guiding principle of "energy saving comfort", energy can be saved the smart way without restrictions or sacrifices. In the BEOS logistics hall, therefore, custom-fit detectors from Theben were installed. As lighting designers and generalists for the entire lighting systems, Scharkon Lichtkonzepte opted for the intelligent control and the good price-performance spectrum of DALI. Although there is also daylight in the building through openings in the ceiling, these are primarily for fire safety requirements.


Control via DALI-BUS

Different uses of space are planned in the hall: There is open space for general cargo and a railed part for pallet racks. The shelves are arranged at a distance of 6 meters. Every 30 to 40 m, sensors are installed in each aisle to detect vehicles and control optimal lighting of the rack aisles. Different detectors with different detection ranges were installed in the building. Their maximum installation height is 15 meters. Two different types of detectors were installed in the hall. The planners chose thePassa corridor detector because its detection range optimally covers the area between the shelves. In the handling zones have been installed partly theRonda, because it is more suitable with its round capture. A Wago PLC control system is used to define lead and lag times in consultation with the users. The light intensity is 200 lux in the shelf area and 300 lux in the picking area. "The control runs via the DALI bus. There is no KNX system installed in this building," reports Scharkon managing director Frank Scharschmidt. In this case, DALI sensors were used because only a limited number of wires were available in the luminaire strips. The DALI bus is needed by the luminaires anyway, so it lent itself to control.


Job with challenge

"The special challenge for us in this project was the very short construction time and the size of the hall. Therefore, the focus for us was to have the components available quickly and to receive good support. The choice fell on products from Theben because we were convinced by the flexibility and the good service. We realize many logistics halls, but this one was a special task," reports the lighting designer, who has been on the market with his office since 1995 and employs 24 people. Tobias Becker from Theben AG also saw some pitfalls in the project: "For us it was a challenge, we found it a challenge to continuously provide material for the project despite a stagnant supply chain. However, thanks to close consultation between our office staff and the customer, everything worked out just-in-time. When you work with Scharkon, you realize you're working with professionals who have many years of project experience." The building will be completed in the course of 2023. With the large logistics center, the Lower Rhine region will then be one lighthouse richer.


Theben products used

Lighting design

Scharkon Lichtkonzepte, Ahlen