Emerging Trends in Solar

Commercial Solar Lighting - Street LightThis is an amazing time to be alive. The technology is progressing so quickly and diversifying that sometimes we can’t even keep up. A vital aspect of the ever changing world of technology is the focus on mobility. We are rejecting the tethers which bind us to single locations and embracing the portable and self-sufficient devices.

What’s more, we are trying to embrace the alternative, renewable sources of energy. Solar is by far the most developed of these technologies and the roster of its applications swells every day, especially in the sphere of commercial solar lighting. So, what are some common things that are becoming solar or are likely to be powered by solar energy in the near future?

Phone chargers

These things already exist and are readily available to buy. The design of such a device is pretty simple. There is a solar panel on it which collects the inexhaustible energy of the sun. If the solar charger is combined with a power bank, you can store the energy you’ve collected and use it when you need it. Otherwise, the energy is only available while there is sunlight. In any case, this excellent concept enables people to keep their electronic devices charged when away from the power grid for significantly longer.

Aircrafts

If you are interested in solar energy, it is highly likely that you are familiar with the success of the Solar Impulse 2, the first airplane which used no inner combustion engine to circumnavigate the Earth. Still it is by no means the first solar plane. There have been numerous one-offs and experimental planes, ranging from private inventors and constructors to NASA. Solar planes may well be the future, with Cessna producing a prototype in the early 2010s. With the struggle to depart from the oil-based engines and with the energy source readily available, we can only hope the technology is further developed.

Off-grid homes

Originally, these were designed to be used in remote areas where conventional electricity supply was impossible, or overly costly. However, many people took to the idea of being independent form the centralized grid. The benefits are obvious. Imagine throwing the electricity bill out the window. Operation principle is rather simple. The photovoltaic panels charge the batteries which dispense the energy to the entire house. These systems are still in their infancy, but they are being developed rapidly.

Street lighting

Companies such as Greenshine have been offering self-sufficient solar street lighting, as well as parking lot lighting and other commercial solar lighting fixtures for some time now. The appeal of these devices is more than understandable. With a single investment, a neighborhood or a park can be lit free of charge for years to come. What’s more these fixtures need not be limited to public areas only, many people are now turning to commercial solar lighting as an alternative in their homes and businesses as well.

Buses

Another transportation method we normally associate with inner combustion engine is being developed to break free from the limitations of oil dependency. Due to the large roof area, to which photovoltaic panels are mounted, buses are among the first land vehicles to be solarized. Independently, pilot programs are conducted in the USA, Europe, China, and even in Uganda in Africa. In most cases, electric motors powering these vehicles can be charged both conventionally via the electric grid and through solar power, but it is a step in the right direction.

Commercial Solar Lighting

Greenshine Solar can’t help you if you wish to own a solar plane, but we can help with a more down-to-Earth application of solar energy – commercial solar lighting. If you wish to find out more, contact us now.