VICTORIA, British Columbia, June 13 (UPI)
U.S. Marines in Afghanistan are being supplied with solar hybrid airfield lighting systems from Canada's ADB Airfield Solutions and Carmanah Technologies.
The lighting systems, worth more than $1 million, will be installed by the Marine Wing Support Squadron in support of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
"Our hybrid lighting system offers a unique portable lighting solution that will ensure safe, efficient and reliable aviation operations," said Carmanah Chief Executive Officer Ted Lattimore.
"This installation is an ideal project for the Carmanah/ADB partnership -- each company will contribute unique skill sets and experiences to provide Marine Corps Aviation with a practical, robust, energy-efficient solution."
The solar hybrid lighting system of Medium-Intensity Runway Lights have photometrics compliant to FAA AC 150/5345-46D and can be operated wirelessly using a hand-held controller or a ruggedized tablet personal computer.
Powered using either the light's integral photovoltaic panels or cables connected to an on-base power network, the solar airfield light-emitting diodes reduce or eliminate energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels and provide security in the event of grid failure.
ADB Airfield Solutions and Carmanah Technologies Corporation entered into a partnership in 2009 to combine expertise in solar power systems and aviation lighting and to develop energy-efficient visual navigation aid technologies.