Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 – Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH), has received an order through Power Force Technologies Pte Ltd. – its authorized distributor in Singapore – to supply solar-powered portable airfield lights for use throughout the Republic of Singapore. The order, valued at approximately $600,000, will support emergency preparedness efforts by providing the capability to quickly install complete airfield lighting systems, wherever they’re required. As an alternative to battery or generator-powered portable airfield lighting systems (PALS), Carmanah’s solar-powered technology is leading the way to the world’s first radio-controlled portable solar-powered airfield lighting system (PSALS).
Compact, durable and easy to install, Carmanah’s LED (light emitting diode) airfield lights can help support relief efforts or humanitarian aid missions by providing quick and effective lighting along temporary airstrips in the event of flooding, earthquakes or other national emergencies. With no trenching or cabling required, a two-person crew can install a fully operational 5,000 ft. runway in one hour or less. Free from the need for wiring, cables, generators or grid access, Carmanah’s solar-powered portable airfield lights offer unparalleled convenience, reliability and performance.
In this application, each installation of radio-controlled solar airfield lights includes a set of solar-powered A704-5 airfield lights, “distance-to-go” marker lights, and handheld controllers. For maximum versatility and reliability, a built-in energy management system automatically aligns light levels with available energy resources to ensure the lights always have the power they need to operate, and a programmable interface allows the user to set on/off times, brightness levels, flash patterns, infrared or visible outputs and more.
As a standalone, maintenance-free lighting solution, Carmanah’s solar-powered airfield lights are not just a popular choice for remote airfields and temporary landing strips – they are also a convenient and cost-effective choice at major commercial airports around the world. Carmanah’s range of solar-powered airfield lights includes industry-proven lighting products for runways, taxiways, thresholds, helipads, obstructions and more. Using durable and long-lasting LEDs in place of incandescent bulbs, and operating independently of the electrical grid, Carmanah’s solar-powered airfield lights offer unprecedented reliability, wherever they’re needed.
To date, Carmanah’s radio controlled A704-5 solar-powered LED lights are illuminating more than 45 airfields around the world, including commercial airfields, helipads, remote air bases, and international airports. According to Allister Wilmott, Business Development Manager for Carmanah’s Aviation business unit, this contract underscores the global appeal and industry-wide acceptance of this innovative technology. “We’re very pleased to help support Singapore’s emergency preparedness and humanitarian aid objectives through solar technology,” said Wilmott. “This large-scale application of Carmanah’s solar technology demonstrates the versatility of a solar solution as a reliable and cost-effective alternative to the traditional electrical or battery-powered systems.”
With just over 3.5 million citizens, the island-state of Singapore is among the world’s most prosperous countries, home to one of the busiest ports, and an airport that has been voted among the world’s best. Through its Changi Airport, Singapore hosts more than 80 airlines with 4,000 weekly scheduled flights connecting to 57 countries.
About Carmanah’s Model A704-5 Solar LED Airfield Lights
Carmanah’s solar aviation lighting systems are suitable for permanent, portable and emergency airfield applications deployable anywhere. Similar Carmanah systems have been used during relief efforts during the 2005 Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and by the government of the Bahamas to provide 16 remote islands with their first permanent illuminated airfields for safe night flights and 24-hour medevac operations.
A704-5 airfield lights feature Carmanah’s revolutionary LED optics with unprecedented output efficiency and accuracy, as well the patented second-generation MICROSOURCE® Energy Management System featuring Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for more efficient solar charging. Offering a quick and easy installation, versatile operation, no electricity bills, and no scheduled maintenance for up to five years, the solar-powered lighting system offers an affordable and effective way to improve airfield safety for many years to come.
Carmanah’s A704-5 aviation lights are available now from Carmanah Technology Corporation. For more information, visit www.solarairportlights.com.
About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Carmanah is a technology leader and well recognized brand in solar-LED lighting, solar power systems and LED-illuminated signage. From its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Carmanah oversees a network of branch offices and sales representatives across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:CMH. For more information, please visit www.carmanah.com.
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