Solar power isn't utilized nearly as much as it should be, but that is changing for the better. Australia and other countries are looking at and researching ways to convert their conventional street lights with environmentally sound technologies. One self-sufficient street light design in particular is garnering a lot of attention.
Inspired by self-illuminating species of the deep ocean, Natalia Romanova has created the design for a self-sufficient street light system combining practical energy preserving technology with graceful aesthetics. Solar panels and LED light bulbs
form the core of the green technology in this design. It's a perfect combination; renewable energy being combined with light bulbs that barely use energy in the first place.
The poles atop which the solar panel-powered LED light bulbs would rest have a graceful curve to them. Their concrete bases would house alarms capable of flashing red for various emergencies such as car crashes or even animals attempting to breach the road. There would be weight requirements for these to avoid rodents or other small animals from triggering them. The bases would also house an electricity plug for electric cars. This design is surely something we will become accustomed to seeing on the side of the road in the future.
Estimates place street lighting as responsible for over 30% of all electricity consumed for most cities. Because nearly all current street lights use old inefficient technology, billions of dollars are wasted each year, not to mention producing 28% of total greenhouse gas pollution emissions by a city. Adoption of clean, self-sufficient designs
such as Romanova's will certainly be a significant aid in curtailing such waste.