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Max Peak Power Trackers Increase Efficiency of Solar Panels in Street Lights

Last Updated: 
Aug 14, 2009

Street lighting in many municipalities accounts for nearly half of the electrical expenditure. In addition to the energy bills, replacement and maintenance of low pressure sodium or metal halide lamps pose additional costs and disruption of traffic. High Brightness LED (HBLED) based solar powered street lights do not depend on the grid for electric power and have the potential of saving billions of dollars in electricity and maintenance costs.

Despite their possibilities, solar street lights are not commonplace because of their price compared to conventional alternatives. Nevertheless, as the world looks for cleaner and greener alternatives, solar powered street lights continue to benefit from advancements in the field of semiconductors, both in photovoltaics and integrated microcontrollers, to produce more cost-effective implementations. To read more, click the download link below, or visit Planet Analog.