For the smooth functioning and safety of the vehicular and pedestrian traffic, uninterrupted efficient working
of traffic signals is imperative.
Solar Traffic Signal : At Daulatabad ‘T’ point, Aurangabad, three road junction
Two things are crucial to ensure uninterrupted and economic functioning of traffic signals - reliable
availability of the power supply and affordable cost of energy. Unreliable and
frequently interrupted power supply leads to dangerous failures and lessen the time
of the signals, while increasing use of electricity makes them more and more expensive to operate.
Solar energy proves helpful to meet
these objectives. Systems have been developed to harness this perennial,
abundant and cheap source of energy to run full-fledged traffic signals. The
first such installation has been commissioned by the joint efforts of
SYMTRONICS & SVAM Electronics, two Pune-based firms at Aurangabad. MEDA has
financed the project.
Conventional traffic signals used
100 W filament bulbs in the Red, Amber and Green, lamp heads. Since a typical
signal installation uses as many as 60 lamp heads,the power requirements
are quite high. Besides, any interruption in the electricity supply
causes interruption in the signals’ system and leads to chaos at the junction.
In the new solar powered design, in place of filament bulbs; specially
designed clusters of LED's (tiny
semiconductor light sources) are used. These lamps consume a mere one tenth of
the power needed by the filament lamps, yet they deliver the same brightness. Ingenuously
designed complex optical lenses further enhance their efficiency. These energy
efficient lamps, together with a solar electrical power source make the new
traffic installation extremely cheap and also independent of the main electric
supply. A specially designed modern microprocessor controller runs the signal.
Hence it's a totally safe and environment - friendly traffic control system.
Though the initial cost is a little
high, solar power traffic signal are a cost-efficient and environment-friendly
choice in the long run. These signals make an important contribution to the
government policy of encouraging non-conventional energy usage through support
and subsidies. Many cities in the Westhave already taken steps to replace
conventional signals with the new energy- efficient versions. India with its
abundant sunlight cannot lag behind.
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