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What is Solar LED street light?

Time:2019-05-14 12:03:13

The solar LED street lamp utilizes the photovoltaic effect principle of the solar cell. During the day, the solar cell absorbs the solar photon energy to generate electric energy, and the electric energy is stored in the battery through the control of the photovoltaic controller. When the night falls or the illumination around the lamp is low, the storage in the battery is stored. The electric energy is supplied to the light source through the control of the photovoltaic controller, and the controller cuts off the light source power after the set time is reached. The solar LED street light consists of the following components: solar panel, solar LED street light controller, battery pack, light source, light pole and lamp housing, etc., as shown in the following figure.


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Solar LED street light composition diagram


1. Solar battery pack

The solar battery pack is the core part of the solar LED street light and the most valuable part of the solar LED street light. Its function is to convert the solar radiation capacity into electrical energy. Among the many solar cells, there are three types of monocrystalline silicon solar cells, polycrystalline silicon solar cells and amorphous silicon solar cells. In the eastern and western regions where sunlight is abundant, it is better to use polycrystalline silicon solar cells because the production process of polycrystalline silicon solar cells is relatively simple and the price is lower than that of single crystal silicon. In the southern regions where there are more rainy days and less sunshine, it is better to use monocrystalline silicon solar cells because the performance parameters of monocrystalline silicon solar cells are relatively stable.

For silicon solar cells, under standard conditions (spectral illuminance: 100 W/m2, spectrum: AM 1.5, temperature: 25°C), its open circuit voltage is 0.48 to 0.6V. A plurality of single-cell solar cells are connected and packaged to form solar cell modules of different areas and different powers, which may also be collectively referred to as solar panels. Monomer solar cells are generally unusable, and practical applications are solar cell modules.

At present, the packaging form of solar cells mainly includes two kinds of lamination process and epoxy process. The solar cell packaged by the lamination process can guarantee the working life of more than 25 years, and the process characteristics and service life are superior to the epoxy packaging form. Regardless of which solar cell has the following five major electrical parameters: short circuit current Isc; peak current Im; open circuit voltage Voc; peak voltage Vm; peak power Pm = Im × Vm.

The peak power of the solar cell is under standard conditions (ie STC: 101 standard defined by the European Commission, radiation intensity 1000W/m2, air quality AM1.5, battery temperature 25°C), maximum power output per unit of solar cell (component), unit peak Watt, or by the symbol Wp. The output power of a solar cell (component) depends on the solar illuminance, the solar spectral distribution, and the operating temperature of the solar cell (component). At different times and in different locations, the output power of the same solar cell is different.

According to the area, the output power per square meter of solar cells is about 120W; as the conversion efficiency increases, the output power increases accordingly. The selection of the output power of the solar cell module is determined according to the source power of the solar lamp, the time of use, and the local climatic conditions.

During the use of the solar cell module, if a solar cell is blocked by a leaf or the like for a long time, the blocked single-chip solar cell will be damaged by heat under strong sunlight, and may even cause damage to the entire solar cell module. It is the so-called heat island effect. In order to prevent the heat island effect, the solar cell is generally placed obliquely so that the surface of the solar cell cannot be attached to the obstruction.

Due to the large latitude span of the north and south of China, the installation angle of the solar cell module varies with the latitude of the installation area. Under normal circumstances, the installation inclination angle of the south of the Yangtze River is about 30O; the installation inclination angle of the north of the Yangtze River is about 45O; the northeastern region should be about 50O. The direction is positive south or west side 5O. Horizontally placed solar cells will reduce their output power by 15% to 20%.


2. Photovoltaic controller

Regardless of the size of the solar luminaire, a good performance charge and discharge controller is essential. In order to extend the life of the battery, its charging and discharging conditions must be limited to prevent overcharging and deep charging of the battery. In places with large temperature differences, qualified controllers should also have temperature compensation. At the same time, the solar controller should have the function of street light control, with light control and time control functions, and should have the function of automatic cutting and controlling load at night, which is convenient for extending the working time of solar LED street lamps in rainy days.

For any solar lighting system, the advantages and disadvantages of the charge and discharge control circuit will directly affect the success or failure of the system application. Since the input energy of the solar photovoltaic power generation system is extremely unstable, in the photovoltaic power generation system, the control of charging the battery is more complicated than the control of charging the battery by the utility charger. A good performance photovoltaic controller should have various protection functions such as controlling battery charge and discharge, temperature regulation, maximum power tracking and overcharge protection, over discharge protection, short circuit protection, reverse connection protection, and automatic switching and time adjustment functions. The system operates reliably, and the photovoltaic controller also has the function of outputting the maximum power that enables the solar cell module to be intelligent at different temperatures and different solar irradiation conditions, so that the solar photovoltaic system has high efficiency.


3. Battery

Since the battery charging of the solar photovoltaic system is directly provided by the solar battery, the obtained energy is extremely unstable, so it is necessary to configure a battery with reasonable capacity and reliable performance to ensure the normal operation of the solar photovoltaic system. In solar photovoltaic lighting systems, maintenance-free lead-acid batteries are usually used. Maintenance-free lead-acid batteries are fully sealed, with high discharge rate and stable characteristics; no need to add water; simple installation, small footprint, horizontal and vertical installation; life expectancy is generally 5 to 7 years. The general principle of selecting the battery capacity is: first enough to meet the night lighting requirements, and can store the energy generated by the solar module during the day as much as possible, while also meeting the power required for continuous night rainy day lighting. If the battery capacity is too small, it can not meet the needs of night lighting. The battery capacity is too large, the battery is in a deficient state for a long time, shortening the battery life, and also wasting unnecessary investment.

A simple way to determine the relationship between them, that is, the solar cell power must be more than 4 times higher than the load power, the system can work properly. The voltage of the solar cell should exceed 20-30% of the working voltage of the battery to ensure normal charging of the battery. The battery capacity must be more than 6 times higher than the daily load of the load. The basic requirements for solar LED street lamps for the battery packs used are:

1 low self-discharge rate; 2 long service life; 3 deep discharge capacity; 4 high charging efficiency; 5 less maintenance or maintenance-free; 6 wide operating temperature range; 7 low price.

4. LED light source

Since the operating current of the LED is DC, the operating voltage is low. Solar cells convert light energy into DC power, and solar cells can be combined in series and parallel to obtain the actual voltage required. These features are exactly matched with LEDs. The combination of the two will achieve high energy efficiency, high safety performance and reliability, and achieve a perfect combination of energy-saving, environmentally friendly, safe and efficient lighting systems. The LED street light head is shown below.


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Iflux LED street light


The key to the perfect combination of solar photovoltaic technology with LED lighting is that both are DC, low voltage and can match each other. Therefore, the combination of the two does not need to convert the direct current generated by the solar cell into alternating current, thereby greatly improving the efficiency of the entire lighting system. At the same time, the use of batteries to store and release energy, making its advantages more obvious. With the in-depth study of related technologies, the luminous efficiency of LEDs is constantly improving. The advent of ultra-high-brightness LEDs will inevitably replace ordinary lighting electric light sources, and can save a lot of energy and no pollution.

LED lamp has long life, up to 1000000h, low working voltage, no need for inverter, high light efficiency, etc., domestically produced is 50lm/W, imported is 80lm/W. As technology advances, the performance of LEDs will increase further. LED lamp is a new type of lighting method that realizes lighting demand by illuminating LED module with DC low voltage. It has the characteristics of high brightness and good color rendering. In addition, since the input of LED street lamp is low voltage DC, it can be combined with solar cell. In combination, LED as a light source for solar LED street lamps will be a trend in the future.



Reference: Solid State Light Source