Light pole is powered by sunlight

October 10, 2013 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Light pole is powered by sunlight
Dutch company Kaal Masten which focuses on light poles for public lighting has introduced a solar-powered lighting column that does not use mains power and is available in a series with heights of up to 18 metres.

The 'Spirit' as the pole has been baptized, is a modular lighting column that exclusively uses solar energy and LED technology. Since no cabling is required means that Spirit columns can easily be installed at locations that do not have an electricity connection, such as motorways, rural road, car parks and mountain roads. The height of the column and the number of solar modules can be tailored to the situation, with heights between 5 and 18 metres. Likewise, the area of the solar cells depends on the height of the pole.

As the light source, two LED luminaires with a wattage of 125W each are installed at the top of the mast. They obtain their energy from a lithium-ion battery. The capacity can be selected by the customer according to the conditions at the location of the pole installation.

Jos van den Hurk, director of Kaal Masten, sees the introduction of the Spirit as a significant milestone for the sector as a whole. “This is the future of public lighting. Firstly because of the stand-alone nature of the column; governments and other managers of open spaces are no longer dependent on the mains network in order to realise lighting, and therefore safety. In addition, sustainability plays a significant role; the CO2 footprint for public lighting will be substantially reduced as a result.”

For more information visit https://www.kaal.nl/en/


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