Why Use Solar Street Lighting With Li-ion and IOT?
Using solar energy coordinated by IOT devices can be the solution we need. This means centrally monitoring a smart network of outdoor LED lights.
Many locations in India still don’t have adequate street lighting and the main reason for this is the cost. Outdoor lighting with the conventional grid is not only an extremely expensive infrastructure it also accounts for half of a city’s energy budget. Using solar energy coordinated by IOT devices can be the sustainable solution.
While, one small sized solar panel can collect enough energy to power a 30-watt LED solar streetlight for 2-3 days (Medium), which essentially means a lot of energy savings at no cost to the environment.
By connecting these streetlights with IOT devices, to control solar power we can make the entire procedure sustainable, consume less energy and be safer. This means centrally monitoring a smart network of outdoor LED lights.
Problems using conventional Streetlight:
Poor power quality:The current lighting quality leaves a lot of room for improvement in terms of energy consumed and quality of light.
Inefficient design and installation:The kind of design and installation method needs upgrading in terms of proper light placement and technology. The current way is inefficient, expensive and consumes way too much energy.
Poor maintenance and repair: With conventional streetlights fixing an issue in real time is difficult and takes longer. However, by using smart lights all the problems can be fixed from one central location in real time.
How IOT Devices Help?
Using solar energy can be a challenge, as it needs the panels to be linked to a utility grid in order to function. This grid can only work if the gateways, web platforms, and cellular modules (Sure Universal) are executed correctly along with certain issues in terms of safety and administration. An innovative way to counter these issues is to use IOT devices
With the conventional way electricity companies were unable to fix breakdowns in real time, but with IOT devices everything can be controlled from a central location. This will be helpful in finding issues before they cause bigger damage.
What are the benefits?
The numerous remunerations include:
- Cuts down energy costs and consumption and some cities can see up to 80% savings in power (Intelizon).
- Quicker detection of outages and lighting can be increased for areas with a high crime rate. This cuts down maintenance time as well.
- Illumination level can be increased or decreased based on the weather and other events when needed.
- Reduced dependence on conventional energy.
- Diminishes the carbon footprint of a city by a lot.
Many cities around the world have been adopting smart streetlights. One such success story is that of the city of Delhi where smart streetlights were used to increase efficiency. It is noted that they have installed 15.40 lakhs of LED streetlights in total (Your Story).
This will save the city 6.10 crore units of energy per year and cut down the electricity bill by 54 per cent. Delhi even has a dedicated app for speedy resolution on complaints about faulty streetlights (Your Story).
With the potential of drastic savings in both energy and money, it is the innovative solution most cities in India are slowly aiming to turn towards as well.