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Solispost

Solispost is an innovative new solar powered bollard offering the latest in solar power technology. With its self-contained energy source, low installation cost and minimal maintenance requirements, Solispost is designed to offer an economical lighting solution that can work in numerous applications. Powered by cutting edge solar technology, the bollard remains illuminated at a low level throughout the night, but when approached by a car, pedestrian or a bicyclist a sensor system will brighten the lighting to fully illuminate the way.

The post, a product of cutting edge European sustainable design, has a solar collection area producing up to 20 watts of power resulting in 64 lux of light level with minimal LED power consumption. One Solispost bollard generates anywhere from 0.5W on an overcast day to approximately 4.1W on a bright and sunny day. The light stays on at a low level from dusk to dawn and on a full charge it will work for approximately ten days with no sunshine.

The solar post is available in two heights – 42.5″ and 30″. The post is produced in silver anodized aluminum with either silver or graphite gray dome molded end cap. Custom colors and heights are available. All solar components including the battery can be housed inside the bollard.

Learn more about our sustainable design and lifecycle management services.

At Mars, we have set ourselves ambitious sustainability targets and are always looking at ways to reduce our energy usage. We have installed Solisposts along a new path on our factory site and are extremely happy with them – they are well designed and compared with a traditional hard wired bollard they provide substantial savings on energy and installation.

Chris Dugmore
Corporate Affairs Manager
Mars Petcare

Solispost

Custom-ColorCustom colors are available.

See more about customization options in the FAQ below.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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Features

145.7 square inch energy collection area from 5 solar collection areas ensures maximum performance

Permanent low level lighting at night

5 separate power point tracking inputs to maximise solar energy gathering, regardless of orientation and location

3 year warranty on all parts

Full software technical support

3.4v lithium battery , maximum efficiency with 10 year guarantee

Average 64 lux illumination on the ground with only 900mw LED power consumption

10 days autonomy

PIR sensors provide automatic bright-up on approach

Solar panels will charge in ‘grey’ light as well as ‘sun’ light

How many watts does the solis post generate?

In bright sunlight the post generates approx. 4.1W

On an overcast day the post generates approx. 0.5W

These values were obtained with the post having a clear view of the sky all around. They will vary greatly depending on the position of any trees or buildings in close proximity.

How many watts does the solis poster case generate?

In bright sunlight the poster case generates approx. 10.3W

On an overcast day the poster case generates approx. 1.25W

What is the PV collection area of the solis post and poster case posts?

The post has a PV collection area of 145.7 square inches

The poster case has a PV collection area of 513.36 square inches

Although the poster case has a collection area 4 times the post, it only generates 2.5 times as much power, due to self-shading.

Is there enough power to keep the light on permanently from dusk to dawn?

Yes, the light will be on permanently at a low level from dusk to dawn provided the product receives some charge every day.

How long does it typically take to re-charge the battery?

The battery is sized to run the light at a low level for 10 days with no charging. In bright sunlight a depleted battery will fully charge in under 8 hours.

How does the solis post perform in countries with long dark winters with little sunshine (darkness 4 p.m. – 7 a.m.)?

The solis post has been specifically designed to work well in Northern latitudes in the Winter. The PV panels are mounted vertically give the best performance when the sun is low in the sky. The electronics module uses advanced algorithms to adjust the power supplied to the LED to give the best possible performance commensurate with the solar power received.

What is the lx level for the solis post on dim light and bright light?

64 Ix dim light 150 lx bright light

How long does the bright light stay on when activated by the sensor?

The light stays at the bright level for 20 seconds and then slowly fades down to the low level over approx. 7 seconds.

What is the recommended fixing distance between each solis post?

10 – 16 feet

What is the I.P. rating?

Fully potted electronics module with sealed connectors providing IP67 protection.

How long does the LED light last?

The LED light is driven a long way below its maximum rating. This makes it very efficient and provides a long life. Its calculated life is in excess of 10 years.

How long does the battery last?

With what guarantee? The battery has a calculated life of greater than 5 years. Warranty 3 years

Is there a warranty on all solar components?

Yes, we offer a 3 year warranty on all parts.

Does the solis post require any maintenance?

The PV panels and LED should be cleaned once a year, preferably in Autumn. Only use a non abrasive detergent and water. DO NOT pressure wash.

How can you control the light when solis post is being used in a busy campus and the sensor keeps it on permanent brightness?

Will it stay bright permanently? The lighting control algorithms monitor how many times the sensor is activated and will automatically reduce the brightness and/or duration of brightup to preserve energy.

How long will the posts work without any sunshine / light?

The post will work for approx. 10 days with no sunshine, assuming the battery was fully charged at the start.

What are the lx levels of the dim and bright light on the postercase?

dim light 16 lx bright light 480 lx

What is the LED power consumption of the solis post?

low level 120 mW bright up 600 mW

Can the solis post and poster case be programmed to come on any time?

There is no real-time clock in the solis product. Software can be developed if necessary to provide on/off times at set times after/before dawn and dusk.

Can the brightness of the lights be adjusted?

The brightness of the lights is fixed in software. Lighting can only be adjusted by changing the software in the factory – not in the field

Can the product work in total shade?

Yes, total shade was simulated by measuring the charging performance on a completely overcast day. Full cloud coverage with no sun visible. Charging was measured at 0.5W. This is more than sufficient over an 8 hour period to provide over 16 hours of night running with the LED at the background level.

Should a survey be carried out to ensure the solar installation will work?

Yes. It is important to make sure that the product receives as much sun as possible during the Winter. Things to consider are overhanging trees, buildings casting shadows, positioning in the entrance of subway tunnels etc.

Can we customise the product with different colors and logos?

Yes.

Can we use different color lighting? Can they flash?

We can only use white light at the moment. Other colors would require redesign of the LED module. The product uses a daylight white LED of around 4000K color temperature. Different LEDs could be fitted with colour temperatures ranging from 2700K to 6000K.
Special software could be written to flash the LED instead of a steady light.

What color white is the LED?

4000K color temperature

How much does a solar post weight?

26.45 pounds

Do you supply different base fixings? Is it removable?

Yes the post is also removable from the base fixing.

Does the product know its environment to give maximum productivity in the specific environment it is installed?

Yes. By monitoring how much charge it receives from day to day and the length of night it can adjust its performance to suit.

Will the product relight if the batteries run low?

Yes. The product has a built-in circuit to prevent the batteries from being completely discharged and destroyed. If kept in the dark for 24 hours it goes to sleep and wakes up when it sees light. With a fully charged battery it can remain asleep for up to one year and still wake up when it sees light.

What level of charge are the batteries shipped at?

100%

How far is the product visible from (at low and bright light)?

33 – 66 feet

Is the product vandal resistant?

Yes.

Do you have a CSI specification data sheet?

Yes.

What happens with rainwater ingress and condensation issues?

All of the components are completely sealed or potted to prevent moisture ingress. IP rating 67 protection.

Can you produce custom made heights?

Yes.

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