World's First Wind-Powered EV Charging Station Debuts in Spain

A frequent gripe of electric vehicle skeptics is that the power used to charge them comes from coal-fired power plants.   

General Electric and New York-based Urban Green Energy (UGE) are teaming up to charge electric vehicles using renewable energy.

The companies are creating a system that integrates GE’s DuraStation electric vehicle chargers with UGE’s 4-kilowatt (KW) vertical wind turbines.

The Durastation is a Level 2 charger, which means it can cut EV charge time to 4-8 hours (from 12-18 hours). The UGE wind turbine is 42 high, and it requires winds of at least 7 miles per hour to generate electricity. 

Called Sanya Skypump, the solution is being targeted at commercial and government customers. The first installation is located near Barcelona, Spain, at the headquarters of Cespa, an environmental services subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios, the world’s biggest private transportation infrastructure investor.

Sanya Skypump 

More installations are planned for the US and Australia later this year at shopping malls, universities and other locations. Details on pricing weren’t immediately available, but the companies say that it takes less than two hours to install.

“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.”

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