Airfield lighting specialist S4GA has recently completed a project in North Africa for solar lighting at a remote military airbase.
S4GA said the installation was carried out in May 2019 and saw the installation of a complete permanent solar airfield lighting system, the second project S4GA has done for the customer.
In 2015 S4GA delivered a solar airfield lighting system to another airbase, with a 3 000 m runway, under a contract with a local construction company and as the customer was satisfied with the products, it opted for a repeat order.
The customer needed an airfield lighting system to be installed within four weeks. “Traditional hard-wired runway lighting is impossible to install in such a short period of time. Thus, the customer started looking for alternative solutions,” S4GA said.
“Another challenge was lack of reliable constant power supply in the region. For airports, it means sudden interruptions in airfield lighting work and acquisition of additional power generators to secure such interruptions.”
S4GA said its lighting does not require any electrical infrastructure – the system operates 365 days a year on solar energy. No cables, CCRs, transformers, or any other electrical network is needed which makes installation of S4GA system much faster and easier than traditional hard-wired lighting.
Airfield lights are equipped with built-in power banks. Each light is also connected to an individual optimally tilted solar panel. In this way, every lighting unit in the S4GA system has its own distributed power source and is independent of other units.
Products installed included solar runway edge lights, threshold lights, taxiway lights and approach path lights as well as a solar wind direction indicator and control and monitoring unit.
S4GA is majority owned by the Polish government and specialises in solar airfield ground lighting systems for military and civil customers. This includes airport lighting, helipad lighting and airfield lighting trailers.
The company in 2019 received a contract for portable airfield lighting trailers for a military airbase in northeast Africa. The base is used by UN agencies such as UNICEF, the UNHCR, government organisations such as the UK Ministry of Defence, US State Department and European Union.
S4GA has also done work in South Africa for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Air Wing, providing portable lighting solutions for night operations in remote areas.