Carmanah Gets Patent, US Navy Order for Solar Lighting

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Carmanah Technologies Inc., Victoria, has received a Canadian patent for its proprietary solar powered light emitting diode (LED) lighting technology. This complements the company's US patent of the same name: Sealed, Solar-Powered Light Assembly.

The new Canadian patent adds to the company's previous inventory of seven patents internationally and two patents pending.

The company specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of patented, proprietary solar powered LED lighting devices for marine, roadway and railway markets. Established in 1996, the company has distributors in more than 80 countries and 31,000 lights installed.

It recently received an order from the US Navy to supply its Model 601 solar powered LED lanterns for marking anti-terrorism nets. The lanterns will be used on a floating barrier to protect ships while in port. Since the terrorist attack on the USS Cole last year in Yemen, US military ships have sought protection using anti-terrorism nets.

"The demand for our products has become much more urgent since September 11th and the outbreak of war on terrorism," CEO Art Aylesworth says. "The idea of floating barriers to protect ships in port was first looked at 10 years ago but was only acted on after the attack on the USS Cole last year. We are pleased that our solar technology is being used for added security during these troubling times".

Carmanah's lantern is an advanced 1-to-2-nautical-mile navigational light. Completely self-contained and maintenance-free, it provides up to five years of worry-free operation without battery or bulb replacement or other servicing. Self-cleaning and completely waterproof, it is also housed within an extremely durable polycarbonate and polymer housing, making it virtually indestructible and vandal-proof.