Romanova Solar Powered Streetlights

An idea that should’ve been off the ground ages ago: self-sufficient lights on the streets of every city. Natalia Romanova presents this project with the very to-the-point title “Self-Suffieient Streetlights.” Romanova says we only use lights along the streets 20% of the entire day. Pretty accurate, I’d be willing to bet. So what about the other 80%? Solar panel collection. Romanova aims to use the sun to cut on cost, improve sustainability, make the world a better place with hot aesthetics, and keep the world alight until the apocalypse.

You know the sun is going to explode some day, right?

Until then, Romanova plans on using the rays of the sun to light the streets at night by storing the energy given off during the day in the lamps that will act as both container and projector.

These lamps, Romanova plans, will have a metal spine, concrete base, recycled plastic panels, LED-arrays, elastic solar panels, and will be fitted with an alarm panel. The alarm panel will be reactive to signal emitters similar to those that activate stoplights activated by emergency vehicles presently. It will also react and shine according to volume and movement -because Romanova found that 43% of accidents in cities occur due to animal-related incidents, these alarm lights will twinkle when a scanner on the lamp detects volume movement more than 20 kg. Other spacial events will be detected and blinked about such as car accidents in the area.

The lamp will have electricity plugs for electro-cars. The power will come from something Romanova calls a “Global Electricity System” which I assume will be a Star Trek-esque collaboration system across all nations working together to share generated electricity.

Elastic Solar Panels “S=0.890 m, for one hour produce more than 1.3 KV of energy” – excellent considering the LED light arrays use less than .5 KV of energy. That means that for every hour the sun shines upon the lights during the day, there’s more than 2 hours of light that’s made for the night. Seems pretty good. Indeed?

Now let’s make sure this math works, check on materials, and poof!

Right? That’s how it works to make global changes in cities around the world, correct?


Designer: Natalia Romanova

Self Sufficient Streetlight by Natalia Romanova







  • wow~

    its stilysh LED lamp and perfect sketch..

  • reality says:

    what a mess.
    in winter months in the uk there is little or no direct sunlight and more hours of darkness, how will this re realised with consistant light levels?
    where is the energy stored? dont say batteries please, these would need to be huge and they do not last very long, so would need servicing. lighting levels need to be consistant over roads as well as a design that is cost effective and practical. as this design sweeps back on london bridge someone could walk into it or trip over it from the base. Further up as it sweeps back it could hit a building so needs to be installed further forward into the path, thus in the way of pedestrians. The top as it launches forward could be in the way of buses or high sided lorries.
    Streetlight are used at various heights in various settings. dual carriageways 8-10m main roads 6m pedestrian paths 4m how can this design cope with this requirement? it looks like a fixed system that can’t. The column appears no conical bent and tapered. this can be manufactured but at a whopping price. there is a reason why streetlights are made from conical straight columns, flexibility on height and economies of scale. solar panels, again these dont last long and as they age they produce less and less juice. who will clean them. you do know what is on top of every street light in every city. bird $hit. loads of it. if solar panels are used they will be covered in this making them less effective. but where are they in the visual? it is slender you cant see them. metal column concrete base. not a good mix. heat expands the metal causing stress on the concrete. this was used on the 1970’s in the uk. fine at the time but since the 90’s they all have had to be removed, or repaired due to cracks. plastic panels, i doubt these will be UV stable and will become brittle and crack over time. the design is hardly sympathetic for central london, this has heritage lighting everywhere which is a part of the urban aesthetic. like the metrostations of paris. its the dna of london. finally image 2 the desert, why would you need this uninhabited part of the world lit at night when nobody lives there? is that the school bell i can hear?

  • Jordan says:

    I like the design, its very stylish…only thing I would suggest is in the picture of the streetlights in London…maybe have the light actually on?

    Maybe photoshop light into it, then it would be excellent!

    Very high quality model too!

  • Gunnar Tveiten says:

    What a unbelievable mess !

    First, it may be true that the average streetlight is only used 20% of the time, but the variation is only purely day/night if you’re at the equator.

    So, they are used MOST in the times when there is the LEAST sunlight. That makes them a terrible match for solar-and-battery. Either you have much too much energy in summer, or you have much too little in winter.

    Second, “KV” is not a measurement of energy, so what he even means is a wild guess. If he means Kwh then no. 0.8 square meters of solar-panels will not produce 1.3 Kwh of electricity. That is flat-out impossible, because that is significantly more than is in the sunlight to begin with.

    With that area, 0.6Kwh would be achievable by a perfectly oriented 100% efficient solar-panel. Real solar-panels are at most 30% efficient, and this design has no way of orienting it towards the sun, so real energy collected would be more like 0.1Kwh.

    Furthermore, the actual DESIGN is fucked too. There’s a reason lightpoles have a lamp-arm. The reason is to get the lamp ABOVE the object to be illuminated (typically a street) without having to put the lightpoles IN the street. By having the vertical part of the pole lean AWAY from the street, the entire point of the arm is negated, and you could just as well have made a straight vertical pole with no arm.

    Design, without understanding the POINT of a feature, is a recipee for disaster. This is UTTERLY useless, and physically impossible additionally.

  • Lighting Designer says:

    Firstly, let me comment on your wonderful sketches, its really nice to see a designer that can create such fluid and crisp concepts.
    However… this is not a viable solution; firstly there is the CO2 cost of producing the solar panels, where is the power stored.. batteries that’s rite, lots of lovely chemicals, wonderful for the environment. The size of the panels needed to collect enough power to supply a 300W lamp for 8h a night would need to be massive! With regard to manufacturing the column, this is impossible without such massive cost that any money saved would be spend on manufacturing costs!
    Why is there also a large plastic strip running through the centre of the luminaire? This would destroy the photometry and create black spots on the road.

    Another example of design that has not been thought out, looks nice but shocking research and never going to happen.

  • The concept of solar street light from Romanova is not new our company is going into production at the end of the year 2010 with a similar street solar street light although there is no plugs for electric cars the concept works perfectly and it is cost effective

  • Prashant Sawant says:

    how to calculate solar cell PV?

    how to calculate battery requirment according to the load?

    how to calculate requirment of number of solar panel required according to loads in watt?

    how to calculate total wattage usage and respective load?

  • Prashant Sawant says:

    how to calculate solar cell PV?
    how to calculate battery requirment according to the load?
    how to calculate requirment of number of solar panel required according to loads in watt?
    how to calculate total wattage usage and respective load?

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