Alternative Energy Solutions - Solar LED Street Lighting
The sun is the biggest source of renewable energy on the planet. Solar power doesn't use fossil fuels, and is a non-renewable energy source. As the price of fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources skyrocket, consumers are being forced to think about other sources of energy. This is why, over the years, Solar Energy has found its way into our homes, offices, gardens and streets; while protecting the planet and helping us to save a fortune on our electricity bills.
Furthermore, the recent innovations in Solid State Lighting technology have made it possible for the mass adoption of high-efficacy energy efficient LED luminaires in conventional lighting applications. When equipped with solar power, LED street lighting offers a unique solution to reduction in electricity bills for city councils and Solar LED street lighting applications comprise of 3 phases: energy collection (solar panels), energy storage and energy conversion. Solar Panels form the core element of the design which collects and converts solar energy into electric energy which is then stored into the Energy Storage devices (e.g. high energy density batteries) during the day. During the night, power is fed into the LED arrays from the batteries through a DC/DC converter circuitry (or DC/AC if power is to be fed back into the energy grid). The entire operation from charging to monitoring the entire system is controlled by an MCU that supports a higher number of I/O pins to receive external control signals.