The Soluxio solar street light developed by FlexSol Solutions will light the streets of the Smart Community Aruba: an experimental residential area where the latest sustainable innovations are demonstrated.
For more information on the public lighting products that will grace the streets of the Smart Community Aruba, visit www.soluxio.lighting.
What is the goal of the project?
The decentralisation of energy usage. Lennert van den Berg, founder of FlexSol Solutions, stated: "It’s not just houses that will become autonomous in future societies, but also public lighting."
The decentralisation of energy usage is an important issue in areas without a reliable connection to the electricity grid. In case of a malfunction or emergency, autonomous public lighting will continue to light the streets, and increase safety.
What is the result of the project?
The island of Aruba has the ambition to become entirely self-sustaining by 2020. With the installation of public lighting products that do not rely on external sources of power, FlexSol Solutions hopes to help Aruba achieve this goal.
Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?
On July 14th, FlexSol Solutions was invited to the Aruba House (Arubahuis) in The Hague, The Netherlands, to sign a memorandum of understanding with research organisation TNO, in the presence of the plenipotentiary Minister of Aruba Juan David Yrausquin. In the memorandum, FlexSol Solutions and TNO declare that they will collaborate in realising a revolutionary showcase of sustainable technology on the island of Aruba.
The Smart Community is realised by a consortium consisting of the government of Aruba and various innovative companies, among which FlexSol Solutions.
What is the next step?
The Soluxio street lights in Aruba are Smart City-ready. They can be monitored and regulated remotely, and various smart city sensors can easily be installed through the Soluxio's hatch. The data we gather with the Soluxio's in Aruba will help us optimise the street lights to the conditions of this specific environment. In future projects, we could utilise this data to - for example - create an emergency warning system that directs inhabitants to safety in the case of a natural emergency.
Since the Soluxio can support a whole range of smart technologies, we also aim to implement sensors that help with traffic control, measure air quality and predict the weather.
What can other cities learn from your project?
The Smart Community Aruba offers a showcase for sustainable technologies. The innovative products will operate in their fields of use, which shows their benefits to every other city in the world.
By incorporating the Soluxio solar street lights in the design of this new community, costs will be saved on electricity grid trenching, external power generation and future maintenance. The economical benefit of this kind of sustainable innovation makes it attractive for other municipalities to use as well.