Philips speeds push into solar-powered lighting

Philips speeds push into solar-powered lighting

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By Rich Pell

The company has announced an innovative all-in-one solar street light, Philips SunStay, which combines solar panel, battery and light in one housing, as well as the Philips LifeLight, a solar lantern which comes with a replaceable battery. It also completed two large-scale solar-powered street lighting installations in India, and installed 700 sets of connected solar street lights with remote monitoring and data capabilities in Thailand.

The Philips SunStay launched in India earlier this year saves on cabling costs and reduces the carbon footprint, lowering overall capex and opex cost. With an output of 2,000 lumens and an efficacy of 175lm/W, it is more efficient compared with existing systems in the solar street lighting market. Philips SunStay will be launched globally in the second quarter of 2018.

The Philips LifeLight solar lantern was designed to enable access to lighting and power off-grid communities. Launched in India last December, it features a USB port for charging phones and other devices and comes with a replaceable battery which extends its life far beyond its two years warranty.

“Lack of light after dark is the single largest factor making women feel unsafe in their communities. Introducing the Philips LifeLight to off-grid areas is helping transform the lives of people in these communities. It extends their day for commercial activity, education, and community life. The replaceable battery feature is highly valued by end customers,” said Shalini Sarin, Head of CSR at Philips Lighting.

“On top of bringing light to off-grid communities, replacing kerosene-powered lamps with solar-powered lanterns is saving lives. According to a World Bank report, every year 1.5 million people die due to woodfires, kerosene or candles. This amounts to twice the population of Frankfurt.”

To increase the safety of citizens and help rural communities, Philips Lighting will install approximately 84,000 solar street lights in India. Together with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an energy service company of the Government of India, the company will install 60,000 Solar Smart Bright street lights in off-grid villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa & Assam. The company is also providing Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) with 24,000 Solar Green Lightline Smart street lights in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

In Bangkok, Thailand, Philips Lighting has successfully installed more than 700 sets of Philips Solar RMU (remote monitoring unit) street lights with tele-management capabilities, located at the cycling facility near the main airport in Bangkok, Suvarnbhumi. Thanks to the tele-management functionality, facility managers can remotely monitor and manage the lights, which also provide them with useful data for energy management and solar applications.

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