Lonely Planet Writer

Blustery German island to solve street lighting problem with wind power

The German island of Juist, off the country’s North Sea coast, is set to harness its most abundant natural resource to solve the problem of insufficient street lighting.

Juist is known for its howling winds and open spaces.
Juist is known for its howling winds and open spaces.

Designer Peer Langemak, based in Schleswig-Holstein, has created the world’s first street lamp powered solely by wind power, ideal for blustery Juist, which has too little sunlight to rely on a solar powered version. Because the lamps don’t require any cabling, they are particularly useful for rural areas; the innovative LED lights will run on rechargeable batteries which can be fully charged from just half a day in a moderate breeze, and can provide enough power to last for up to ten days.

Read more: thelocal.de