Two companies have collaborated to make charging electric vehicles a breeze—literally. Urban Green Energy (UGE) and General Electric (GE) have forged the world’s first integrated, wind-powered electric vehicle charging station. The Sanya Skypump pairs UGE’s cutting-edge vertical wind turbines with GE’s electric vehicle (EV) charging technology to offer completely clean energy to power electric vehicles.
Installed by UGE Iberia, the Spanish branch of New York City-based Urban Green Energy, the wind-powered EV charging station is located at global headquarters of Cespa near Barcelona. Cespa is the environmental services subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios, the world’s largest private transportation infrastructure investor.
More Sanya Skypumps will be installed later this year in the United States and Australia at shopping malls, universities and other locations. The technical advantage of UGE’s 4K wind turbine is that it captures wind at low altitude—around 42 feet from the ground—and at low wind speeds from all directions.
The integrated system incorporates both the energy production capacity of the wind turbine and the EV charging capability of the GE Durastation (see video) in a single unit, with all required electrical systems located within the tower. The Durastation offers Level II charging, which is capable of reducing charge time from the usual 12 to 18 hours to a more minimal four to eight hours, using higher voltages.
“Since launching the Sanya Skypump, we have received inquiries from companies around the world that are looking to embrace sustainability,” said Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE. “The Sanya Skypump is one of those rare products that enable institutions to demonstrate their commitment to the environment while providing a really useful service as well.”
Charles Elazar, marketing director of GE Energy Management’s Industrial Solutions business in Europe, commented, “GE is launching a family of electric vehicle charging systems in Europe, offering domestic and commercial users a range of easy-to-use, flexible systems to help make electric vehicles a practical, everyday reality."
He added, “GE is a keen supporter of electric vehicles and has announced plans to purchase 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 for use as company cars and to lease to corporate customers through its Fleet Services business.”
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli