Grid Scale, Solar

Carmanah Kicks Off European Market Thrust

Carmanah Technologies Corporation celebrated the worldwide launch of its new i-SHELTER solar-powered illuminated bus shelter at the UITP Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in Madrid, Spain, May 5-8, 2003. The international event also marked the move of Carmanah’s i-STOP solar-powered, illuminated bus stop beyond North America into Europe’s multibillion-dollar transit market.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – May 8, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The i-SHELTERT is a new solution for bus stop lighting: a completely self-contained, solar-powered bus shelter. The i-STOPT bus stop has been installed in hundreds of locations continent-wide since its introduction to North America in September 2002. The i-STOPT includes an illuminated bus schedule, an overhead security light and a user-activated flashing beacon to notify bus drivers when a stop is required. “We are excited to use this conference of the world’s largest urban and regional transport exhibition as our launching pad to Europe.” Carmanah CEO Art Aylesworth said. “Proportionally, bus travel in the EU is more than twice as important as it is in North America, and we have already found this market to be very receptive to our green products.” Both the i-SHELTERT and i-STOPT use long-lasting LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with solar power as an alternative energy source. They are designed to operate autonomously with zero operational expenses for up to five years, at which point only the fully-recyclable battery pack requires replacement. Due to their design, the i-SHELTERT and i-STOPT can be installed easily with no digging, wiring or external electrical connections, eliminating traffic delays and disruptions to local power sources or street aesthetics. “The E.U.’s trillion dollar annual transportation market has consistently outpaced economic growth and we expect transit to grow even faster,” Carmanah V. P. Mike Ball said. “We already see this technology taking off in Central London, where proceeds from a new city entry toll on cars are being used to expand bus services by 40 percent. The E.U. is a fertile economic environment for Carmanah to build on its North American transit success.” Organized by the Brussels-based International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the Mobility & City Transport Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 55th biennial UITP World Congress and is expected to draw 20,000 attendees from more than 80 countries. Carmanah’s products for the European market, including the i-SHELTERT and i-STOPT, will be on display at booth ‘9d610’at Madrid’s Juan Carlos I Exhibition Centre, May 5 – 8, 2003.