As designers strive to create a more sustainable future, we’re thrilled to see designs that integrate a variety of renewable energy technologies into objects we encounter in everyday life. This innovative is just such a solution – not only does it use renewable energy to provide light, it’s a stylish update to an everyday object that is capable of operating completely off-grid. The hybrid streetlamps consist of a solar array topped with a wind turbine, and they are capable of generating up to 380 W of power.
Designed and manufactured by Urban Green Energy, these solar/wind powered street lamps are mounted to a standard galvanized steel pole that can be made locally and easily swapped with older street lamps. The turbine on top can be either a 300 W 2nd Generation vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) or a horizontal axis wind turbine. Mounted on the side of the pole are 2 solar panels made by F3 Solar that are capable of generating up to 80 W of power.
The street lamp is capable of producing up to 380 W of power if the sun was shining and the wind were blowing, and the street lamps save excess energy generated in a battery that powers their high efficiency LEDs through the night. Since every location and project is different, Urban Green Energy is taking a component-focused approach to the street lamps’ design – the LED lights, solar panels, wind turbine, tower height, and battery storage are all easily scaled to best fit a particular project.
Decorations on the pole compliment the sweeping lines of the wind turbine and can be customized to whatever color the buyer wants. The hybrid LED lamps seem more like an commissioned art piece rather than a standard industrial looking street lamp.
Urban Green Energy’s Hybrid Wind/Solar Lamps are already gaining attention around the world – they just signed an agreement with an undisclosed city in China to outfit their streets with these street lamps. The company also offers wind turbines ranging from 300 W up to 10 kW, and we recently got a sneak peak at their new 2nd generation 4kW VAWT. We think this new company is on the right track, and we can’t wait to see their hybrid turbines hit the streets.
+ Urban Green Energy
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please give us the price for this system, we are planning to replace our street light in our town, we have about 2,000 units street lights using metal hallide.
Please give a price for this solar/wind street light. we need to do a city in Mexico of about 1 million inhabitants.
A great idea, but it needs to be considered in the context of life cycle costing. Is this the most cost effective (and environmentally appropriate) way to implement the concept? Batteries are not all that environmentally 'effective', particularly the new lithium etc. They would probably all have to be swapped out every 5-10 years. Moving parts on the wind generators - I can't imagine how I'd maintain thousands of these units on all of our streets - it seems much better to install one large community wind generator, which would be much more efficient than these indivudual ones - forget batteries and sell the power to the grid, and run grid connected high efficiency LED streetlights around, many of which could be turned off from 2-7am when traffic volumes are very low (just leave the lights on at intersections). Another very interesting concept I saw in Europe - they turn off their traffic signals after rush hour is over, and the intersection reverts to stop control on the side streets with special signage. Brilliant.
I notice 4 or more similar street lamps near the Milenium Village,Greenwich, South London and they all had conventional lamp posts built next to them and the solar-wind lamp post s were diconected. I guessing they did not actually do the job and either could not be relied on or they didn't provide enough electricity to power themselves or were not bright enough maybe. Wwe are not quite there yet.
I was on ebay and noticed that similar led solar or wind powered street lights were for sale for $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 each. It's here NOW and cheep. I thought that if you crashed into a street light it would cost you about $1,000 to replace. YEA!!! YEA!!! (LED light means that the draw is insanely reduced)
There are so many great ideas, especially on this website. I just wish people would take the initiative and put these things together! Decrease our dependence on foreign oil and all that...
That is certainly an eye-catching design. However, I notice that all of the landscaping is immature. You would do well to fast-forward 30 years to mature, deciduous trees. They will block the wind and shade the solar panels. Although the concave solar panels look nice, convex panels would do a much better job of shedding rain, leaves, and snow.
This is really a ground breaking update to an everyday city object. Dragonbutterfly has a point when he/she said that aesthetics must be given some consideration before this becomes a standard in every city, Perhaps, we can can have a stone wind-mill like structure in your city. Well, lets just wait for designers to concoct their own solutions.
"The street lamps save excess energy generated in a battery so that it has enough power for times when the sun and wind aren’t cooperating." Yes, I do understand that. What interests me is, would the battery save enough energy for the lamp to shine overnight (assuming that night lasts 15-17 hours), even if it was cloudy and there was no wind ?
Naglis I think it's still sustainable because even in winter, there is still sunlight even if the days are not sunny and shining. Remember solar electricity is generated by photons from the sunlight, not heat. Yaya www.roxolar.com
Also, even n the winter, the day lights from the sun (even if it's not sunny) are still able to generate electricity. Remember, it's the photons that are transformed into electricity, not heat. I think it is totally sustainable in most parts of the world. Yaya www.roxolar.com
Technologically it sounds like the sort of idea that should have been the standard long ago. Bravo. Aesthetically, it would be nice to have some models that were a bit more contextual. I've lived in older parts of cities with beautiful 100-300 year old buildings and placing these street lamps in those areas would look like invading with alien space ships. Any plans for aesthetics variety beyond color choices? Also, the computer renditions of the generic suburbs with huge asphalt streets and driveways is just scary. All the solar/wind powered street lights in the world aren't going to save us if we don't make other more fundamental changes to the way we live. I understand the images from a marketing perspective, but I'd really have loved to also see a more forward looking rendering.
Hi Naglis, The street lamps save excess energy generated in a battery so that it has enough power for times when the sun and wind aren't cooperating.
Let's assume that it was winter, the day was cloudy and with no wind, the sun went down at 5PM. What then?