Alberta company creates world’s first fully integrated solar-powered street light

Autonomous EnerSolar street light intended for third-world market.

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by DE staff

Sherwood Park, AB-based Enertia Engineering Ltd. announced the EnerSolar, the world’s first fully-integrated, solar-powered street light. The self-contained lighting system can be used for roads, bridges, parking lots, commercial buildings, substations, and almost any outdoor application where light is wanted, but electricity isn’t available.

To create the EnerSolar system, the company analyzed the core systems of an LED street light system and started with a clean slate design to fully optimize the efficiency of component parts and their interactions. By using the latest in LEDs, controls and solar power technology, the company has created an efficient, compact, solar powered street light that contains everything required for fully autonomous use.

The EnerSolar street light is perfect for third-world countries where electricity is either unreliable or unavailable, the company says. For example, it provides three full nights of autonomous light even if the solar panel doesn’t charge the battery.  The EnerSolar also doesn’t require a battery box or solar panel as all the light’s components are contained within the lighthead itself. The light’s universal mount allows it to attach to any standard lighting pole and, because there is no connection to the electrical grid, the installation is safer and easier than regular street lights.

"We have come up with the ultimate lighting tool. Its reliable, easy-to-install, usable wherever there isn’t electricity, and simple." Says Stuart Whitbread, the sales manager and a Principal of Enertia Engineering Ltd.

"The irony is, that as a Canadian company, this technology isn’t meant for Canada. Because it contains a battery and solar panel, this technology is best suited for equatorial, tropical and sub-tropical applications where the temperature doesn’t drop below -10C very often," Says Murray Steen, the R&D Manager and a Principal of Enertia Engineering Ltd.
www.enertiaengineering.com