Project to help the Vatican reduce energy use by 90%


In the Vatican city, Rome, Italy, reinaissance church Papal Basilica of St Peter has completed an energy efficiency programme to reduce costs.

The church partnered with technology firm OSRAM and the Cathedral Construction Works of St. Peter’s to replace lights with energy efficient and smart LED models.

Some 100,000 LEDs have been installed and building operators equiped with an intelligent lighting control system to manage energy use within the 22,000 square meters building.

The digital control system allows specific lighting scenarios to be selected, created or modified. For instance dimming and brightening of the lights in line with an event being conducted or time of the day to avoid a lot of energy being consumed.

The project lasted for 18 months in the planning stage abd is expected to reduce energy use and costs by 90%.

Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM Licht, said: “The project demonstrates just how history and high tech can be combined in the best possible way by using the right expertise. More than 500 years of history are now being bathed in digitally controlled LED light.”

“This project provides a significant service, both to art lovers and to those who come on pilgrimage to this symbol of Catholicism. We are pleased that a special light has been cast on this important location – thanks to the new illumination,” says S.E. Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of the Vatican City State.

“The Basilica’s new lighting system fits in perfectly with the requirements for worship, prayer and celebration – particularly when the Holy Father is in attendance. At the same time, this ‘intelligent’ illumination has also allowed us to achieve another purpose: to be able to admire the architectural beauty of the Basilica,” says S.E. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of the Vatican Pope’s Basilica of St. Peter.

The church, 190 meters long, is visited by 27,000 visitors daily.