INNOVATIVE AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
Our economy has an insatiable appetite for energy, and because of the negative side effects of fossil fuels, the quicker that we can supplement and/or replace petroleum-based power sources, the better. Wind power is a great way to generate clean renewable energy, and the innovations in wind technology being pursued over the last year or so are a reminder that with the right tools, we can turn the movement of the air above us and the structures we’re familiar with into fuel for our energy-hungry lifestyles.
Wind power resources are enormous and could easily cover a larger share of the electricity demand. This is already the case in a few regions, notably Germany, Denmark and parts of Spain as in this case with these wind powered walking pathway lights. The key issue is how to develop the future power system so that wind power can be integrated efficiently and economically. Since integration efforts, such as costs and decision making, are related directly to the penetration level of wind power, it is essential to have a commonly defined term. Wind energy penetration can be defined as the way of the future and continues to move us in the right and positive direction. Street lights, light poles, lamppost, street lamps, light standards, or lamp standards are a raised source of light on the edge of a road or walkway. They will have light-sensitive photocells that activate automatically when light is or is not needed: dusk, dawn, or the onset of dark weather and will also be powered by wind energy. This function in older lighting systems could have been performed with the aid of a solar dial. Many street light systems are being connected underground instead of wiring from one utility post to another.