by Staff Writers
Victoria, Canada (SPX) Jun 28, 2011
Carmanah Technologies in partnership with ADB Airfield Solutions announce the completion of the wireless solar engine power supply (SEPS) for ADB airfield lights and visual navigation aid products.
Carmanah Technologies, internationally recognized for reliable solar-powered products and ADB Airfield Solutions, the first name in aviation lighting and safety, combined forces through the development of SEPS to improve safety of flight in some of the most demanding environments on earth.
Designed by Carmanah to support ADB airfield equipment in environments where the electrical grid is difficult or impossible to access, SEPS wirelessly powers those AC- and solar-powered visual navigation aids required to improve airfield and helipad safety.
SEPS incorporates new capabilities in solar technology, hardware and software to provide power and wireless control to ADB lighting and directional equipment, including the ADB Solar Wind Cone System (SWCS), Solar LED Runway Guard Light System (SRGLS) and Solar Sign Systems (SSS), among others.
The engine is an ideal choice for airfields or heliports that require improved safety measures but experience difficulties with grid access or reliability. Being independent from the grid, SEPS offers reduced maintenance cycles, an easy installation and relocation, and a green, sustainable energy generating solution.
Requiring no trenching or cabling, SEPS installs quickly without the need to involve specialized work crews. A patented Energy Management Systems (EMS) monitors and adapts the engine's collection and output of energy based on environmental conditions and equipment needs.
This ensures reliable and consistent operation even in poor weather - when visible navigation aids and lighting for flight and ground safety are needed most.
SEPS features an optional hand-held wireless controller which allows for remote operation with a range of up to 2.5 miles, including mode changes for enhanced visibility in poor weather conditions.
One or more wireless lights and navigation aids can be remotely operated from the ground or air with a hand-held wireless controller using a secure radio transceiver with antenna and keypad.
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