Grid Scale, Solar

Carmanah Enters International Aviation Market

Carmanah Technologies Corporation will officially launch into the worldwide aviation lighting market at the upcoming 75th Annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Conference and Exposition in Los Angeles, California, April 27-30, 2003.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – April 24, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Conference is the largest show in the U.S. aviation industry, with approximately 4000 attendees. Carmanah will be at booth #242 presenting six solar-powered LED aviation lights for applications including temporary / permanent runway and taxiway edge lighting, obstruction, barricade, heli-pad and construction lighting. “With our successful entries into the transportation, railway, and transit markets, aviation lighting was a natural progression for our Company,” said Art Aylesworth, Carmanah’s CEO. “We are already supplying solar-powered LED lighting for installation in some of the harshest environmental conditions imaginable. Through this experience, we have established a core technology that is extremely reliable, durable and long lasting – ideal for many applications in the aviation market. The response so far from our new aviation customers has been extremely positive.” Preliminary sales efforts since mid-December, 2002, have resulted in sales of more than CAD$300,000 (US$207,000) into a dozen countries worldwide and over 20 installations across North America. To support its efforts, Carmanah also launched a targeted web site, www.solarairportlights.com, to serve its growing list of customers. The active link is at the end of this story. Application highlights include a massive rolling barricade designed in response to post-9/11 security measures at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and a large taxiway edge, apron edge, and barricade lighting installation at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. In addition, Carmanah has supplied hundreds of lights for installation at a number of U.S. Air Force locations in the United States and the Persian Gulf. “We are using the lights for airfield taxiway and runway edge lighting,” states a U.S.A.F. sergeant in the Persian Gulf region. “The performance so far is outstanding with praise coming from the airfield management officers.” Carmanah’s solar-powered LED aviation lights can be installed for approximately one-tenth the cost of conventional hard-wired systems. Vastly reduced operational costs yield additional savings over conventional systems, whose batteries and incandescent bulbs require frequent replacement. Carmanah’s aviation lights use solar power to operate autonomously for up to 5 years without any scheduled maintenance. The LEDs are shockproof, last for up to 100,000 hours and use a fraction of the energy of incandescent lighting. Each unit can be installed in minutes with no digging, wiring or external electrical connections.Under the FAA’s Advisory Circular 150/5370-2E, Carmanah’s aviation lights are suitable for barricade and temporary construction applications at commercial airports. “About half of the 14,000 general aviation airports in the U.S. are currently without runway edge or taxiway lighting,” said Mike Ball, Carmanah’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Each location represents a potential market for tens or hundreds of lights.”