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Soaking up sunlight to make the night bright.

MUSCAT: Imagine having solar-powered street lights in your city that soak up the sun's light during the day and then automatically turn on when the sun sets.

Netherlands-based company Fijen International B V, is offering just that. With plenty of sun available in Oman, this would be a very good option, feels Rene Fijen, promoter of the company.

"The solar street light will be charged by the sun and a photo cell will switch the light on when it becomes dark and switch it off when the sun rises again. In your beautiful country, with plenty of sun, it wouldn't be a problem because even a bright day is enough to charge the battery or capacitor. Not only they don't need power supply, but there is no need for digging, drilling or cables too," Fijen said.

Recently in Oman to promote his product, Fijen said that the road reflectors and solar street lights his company offers can even help reduce accidents.

He said his company's products are being used in many countries, including Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Suriname, Turkey, and Malta.

Fijen has had meetings with authorities here, including the Royal Oman Police and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. He has also met with engineering companies tasked with re-designing of roads.

Talking about the solar street lights, he said, "If you use solar street lights you can bring attention to dangerous parts of the roads. You can also highlight pedestrian crossings and roundabouts." He feels the solar powered road reflectors

and lights can work very well in the Sultanate.

"If we start tomorrow, it will work tomorrow (night)," said Fijen.

"We have two offices - one in the Netherlands and one in Turkey. We have noted a drop of upto 60-70 per cent in single side car accident spots, especially in curves or exits on long straight roads," he said.

"We'll be helping two contract companies in Oman to learn the application process with our equipment so we can give the best quality and ensure long life," he said.

"There is also interest from Kuwait and the UAE," he said.

The road reflectors, he said, use the light of the car headlight. "When the headlight shines on the reflector, it reflects from a distance of approximately 250-300 metres," he said.

The road reflectors and lights produce better visibility on roads, thereby causing fewer accidents and ensuring a smoother traffic flow," he pointed out.

Fijen explained that the road reflector can be easily fixed on the road. "If you put them every 20-25 metres they can be seen easily. Besides, you can hear and feel the road reflector if you drive over them.

"That way you are being warned during daytime and night time," he said, while adding that drivers won't be taken off guard while behind the wheels.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:May 24, 2011
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