The Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System (RHPS) and its components are smart grid units. It has a wind/solar hybrid power system installed on the pole of a roadway/traffic signal light to exploit the advantages of both solar and wind energy for electric power production and storage. Each unit consists of a wind turbine generator and one or more PV panels mounted on the top of the pole for electric power generation.
The system design takes into account constraints from various factors, such as structural stability, driver distraction, economic efficiencies. The overall system involves power generation, storage, distribution, grid operation, and demand-side management.
The electricity generated by the system will first used to power the facilities on-site, such as traffic control devices at intersections. The system will also be connected to the existing utility distribution grids to transmit the energy generated at local sites.