Security provider NW Systems Group’s installation of a surveillance camera in Scotland powered by solar and wind power is just the latest example of renewables being used to power all kinds of technology.
The high definition surveillance camera will help monitor the construction of the new Mearns Academy Community Campus in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Construction at the site, led by Lend Lease, began in August 2012 and will be completed in June 2014.
The camera is fully powered by two compact solar panels and a three-phase generator wind turbine system. This solution is already proving to be much more cost effective than diesel generator or hard-wired alternatives, according to Lend Lease.
NW Systems first looked at powering a surveillance camera using a solar and wind system around five years ago. At that time the cost of solar panels and battery kits made the project prohibitively expensive. However the cost of solar, wind turbine and battery technologies has since halved and efficiency has increased significantly, making such a project economically viable.
NW Systems project follows a string of recent projects powered by renewable energy.
Earlier this month AT&T announced that it is erecting 25 solar-powered charging stations in outdoor spaces through New York City as part of a pilot project aimed at meeting the growing power needs of smartphone and tablet-wielding consumers. The stations are each equipped with three 15-watt solar panels and can charge up to six devices at a time with dedicated ports for iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys and standard USB cables.
In May, Switzerland’s solar yacht, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, set a new speed record for crossing the Atlantic when it sailed from Las Palmas, Spain to St. Martin’s island in the French West Indies in 22 days, beating its own record of 26 days for the crossing last year.
In January, Green Power Resource Management announced plans to start volume production of its solar powered air conditioner and virtual power plant in its new manufacturing facility in Escondido, Calif. The packaged unit provides cooling, AC power out, and backup energy powered directly from solar panels for residential and small commercial buildings.