Brooklyn Bridge Park officials have announced that a new solar-powered electric vehicle charging station from Beautiful Earth (BE) Group has been delivered to the city. The station, designed and manufactured by BE, was a gift to the city’s 85-acre park, and is the first solar-powered electric charging station in the city of the New York.
The station is expected to be a twenty-five year project that will save the city tens of thousands in electricity costs for their renewable energy vehicles, and offset an estimated 530 tons of CO2 emissions. BE, a Brooklyn-based company, originally had the station operating in an industrial lot in Red Hook, New York before donating the innovation to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The station was constructed with two upcycled, decommissioned steel shipping containers stacked on top of each other, 24 photovoltaic panels from Sharp Electronics in Tennessee, aracking systems from Unirac in New Mexico, 97% recycled batteries from Trojan Battery Company in Georgia, inverters from OutBack Power Systems in Washington, and a solar array frame from U.S. Fence Systems in New York.
The station will produce 5.6 kilowatts of electricity, and can store enough energy to charge five electric service vehicles and a full-size electric car. Modular in its design, the station can be deconstructed, moved and reassembled in less than a day, something other parks in the city may find useful. As well, the station will be part of the park’s Center for Sustainable Energy, all of which is helping New York hit their PlaNYC project that seeks to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 30% over the next twenty years.
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