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Winner - Platinum
Designer: Di Wang - Industrial designer
Design Type: Public Lighting System
Company / Organization / School: California College of the Arts
Solux is an solar power interactive street lighting system to improve safety in public places. Based on wireless motion sensor and solar tracking technology, it permits a far more efficient and economical way to harness solar power and combines safety with savings to create a sustainable city. The system consists of LED light and a multiple wireless sensor module that enables presence-based light control, meaning that the presence of pedestrians, bicycles or cars activates the streetlights. Upon detecting a presence, the different units communicate with other units in the vicinity, to create dynamic lighting that follows passers-by. This eco-friendly lighting system uses a solar tracker, a device that orients a payload toward the sun. For flat-panel photovoltaic systems, trackers are used to minimize the angle of incidence between incoming sunlight and a photovoltaic panel. This increases the amount of energy produced from a fixed amount of installed power-generating capacity. As a consequence, Solux offers a highly efficient way to collect solar power and to reduce costs both for electricity as well as for the modernization of public lighting systems.