Siberiaís Barnaul expects its first solar-powered traffic light
22 Feb '13
Barnaulís first solar-powered traffic light may soon appear in this Siberian city, regional portal Altapress.ru reports. By this coming fall Transsvet, a local company, has plans to roll out the new light.
Such devices are well-known internationally and in some bigger Russian cities, but it is innovation for Barnaul, a city almost 3,600 kilometers east of Moscow.
The new traffic light is expected to incorporate an array of modern technologies including LED, solar batteries, energy storage, and microprocessor controller.
The Russian developer finds its mobility and installation flexibility to be the solar-powered lightís main advantage. One can be mounted on already existing road signs. The light requires no special trenches or dedicated cable; it does not consume electricity from local mains and thereby saves regional budgetary funds.
Such traffic lights could also be installed to control traffic at road section under repair.
Transsvet claims that its future traffic light will have an eight-year service life and be able to operate up to three full days between recharges.