FASCOM - The solar hub for smart cities
Tutor / director / evaluatorRodríguez Pérez, Ivette María
Document typeUPC Master thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
In this work, a solar streetlight is analysed from both a technical and a commercial point of view. The prototype developed by SIARQ in the previous years is presented, illustrating the different parts, highlighting the decisions about the design and the photovoltaic module and comparing the differences between a conventional streetlight. Then, the main challenge faced is described. The reduced air circulation inside the device produced high temperatures on the battery and on the solar module, limiting the performance and reducing the expected lifetime. Different designs have been studied, and the benefits of the final one are underlined. Therefore, different battery technologies are analysed, showing the most suitable type depending on the climate and revealing their expected cycle life. Moreover, the algorithm governing the battery's operation is briefly explained. In the last part, a new market opportunity for the device is considered. Observing the recent exponential rise of the Smart City environment, it has been decided to pivot the streetlight in the sector. The definition of a Smart City is discussed, unveiling the different sub-sectors and the most important factors to consider when launching a project. Afterward, the sensors that can be installed on the device are listed, and the most promising communication technologies to connect them with the cloud are compared. Consequently, the role of the sensors and the connectivity protocols in the development of a new business model is suggested. In conclusion, it is highlighted how the market segment and the business model proposed will be validated in a collaborative process, following the Design Thinking methodology.