Off-Grid Bus Shelter

Project Description:

The off-grid bus shelter project retrofitted an existing UIC bus shelter utilizing a transit shelter security light; the shelter in on the northeast intersection of Harrison and Morgan street. The retrofit consists of two thin film 100 W photo-voltaic modules mounted directly to the shelter roof; four 12V sealed gel cell batteries sufficient for four nights power usage; and four 2-watt high flux discrete LED lamps. T The shelter generates its own electricity, eliminating the need for energy generation from fossil fuel; approximately annual production is 229,200 watt hours per annum, or approximately 230 kWh. . This reduces carbon emissions and air pollution. This project increases awareness of environmental issues and promotes renewable energy to the UIC community. Above all, it improves public transportation for commuters by providing reliable lighting.