The Marine Corps just signed a contract for a solar hybrid airfield lighting system that’s fast to deploy and wirelessly controlled. The system is called a hybrid because it can be powered either by an on-base power network or by accompanying photovoltaic (PV) panels.
They’re not just any kinds of lights either, but LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which are far more energy efficient that incandescent, fluorescent or even compact fluorescent lamps.
The hybrid lighting concept is designed to ensure security: even if the power grid fails wherever the Marines are operating, the airfield lights can stay on. It also supports the Corps’ energy goals.
The $1 million system is being provided by Carmanah Technologies Corporation and ADB Airfield Solutions. The system will be shipped to Afghanistan and installed by the Marine Wing Support Squadron in support of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.
“Our hybrid lighting system offers a unique portable lighting solution that will ensure safe, efficient and reliable aviation operations,” says Ted Lattimore, CEO of Carmanah.
Adds Steve Rauch, CEO of ADB, “We are excited to provide the Marines with a tough and resilient aviation lighting solution that will support them in their ‘Bases-to-Battlefield’ expeditionary energy strategy for decades to come.”