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Mexico City student creates energy efficient street lamps used in Chicago, New York

Mexico City, Mexico — Energy saving LED lamps being used throughout the city of Chicago were created by a student at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City.

Manuel Benjamín Parra Castillo of the university created hybrid luminaries that work with solar and wind energy that have already been installed in Chicago. So far, the city has 30 of the energy-saving LEDs in use.

Through a statement, the educational institution explained that the luminaries were also requested in two regions of New York who are using 50 of the solar LEDs to light their streets.

“Nowadays there is not a luminary that has as much versatility as ours, that’s why we wanted to test our technology in extreme conditions. In this case, right now part of the United States is in winter with temperatures of minus 20 degrees, and the intention was to implement them under those conditions to verify their functionality,” he explained.

The creation of the large bulbs contributes to the saving of energy, because although they use direct current, their design allows an energy consumption reduction of up to 100 percent.

“Everything is the result of Mexican ingenuity,” explained Parra Castillo. “We make them through aluminum casting and have more than 10 electronic combinations. They can be used in direct current in solar and wind applications and in voltages from 12 to 24 volts. It is also possible to configure them for alternating current in voltages from 100 to 277 volts,” he added.

The student said that their efficiency and energy savings are very useful for primary and secondary roads, streets, subdivisions, common areas, industry, parking, parks, shops, gardens and docks.

The engineer from Polytechnic said that his invention has applicability in electronics, metallurgy, mechanics and industrial design . The lamps are already used in Mexico City, Toluca, Tabasco and Quintana Roo.

Since in Chicago they have shown excellent performance with temperatures below zero and are expected to be implemented soon in Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco and Michoacán.