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Photovoltaics; Transportation


The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) are currently involved in a program to implement solar electric (photovoltaic) powered applications in the transportation sector. The objective of the program is to encourage the widespread use of cost-effective, transportation related, photovoltaic-powered systems in all areas of traffic control.

Transportation departments have generally relied on conventional practices of using generators, primary batteries, and extensions of utility grid to fulfil their power needs. There exist many remote and conventional electric power requirements within the FDOT that may be effectively satisfied by photovoltaic (PV) power. Applications ranging from various types of lighting systems to a variety of traffic safety devices can effectively be PV powered. Hurricane Andrew offered a unique opportunity to evaluate PV powered systems in emergency traffic control situations.

The present program solicited applications from FDOT for PV powered traffic control application projects. FSEC, FDOT and businesses working together developed, designed and completed selected projects. Installed systems are monitored and performance evaluated by FSEC.

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Photovoltaics; Transportation


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