Sometime in the not-too-distant future, when some skeptic scoffs that your electric vehicle (EV) is probably charged with electricity produced at a coal-fired power plant, you might have a great retort: the Sanya Skypump, from Urban Green Energy (UGE).
This recently introduced EV charging station produces its power using the sun and the wind. Created in partnership with GE, it combines the technologies of UGE’s hybrid solar-wind streetlamp and GE’s WattStation EV charger, allowing drivers to charge their cars without contributing to the use of greenhouse-gas-emitting fossil fuels. Plus, by using distributed power, the stations won’t place any strain on the electrical grid – and they can be easily integrated along streets and in parking lots for quick and easy use.
UGE plans to install demo Sanya Skypumps this fall in New York, Barcelona and Beijing, then hopes to get installations kicked into gear worldwide by early 2012. While the Skypump is designed with commercial use in mind (picture an EV charging station in place of a traditional gas station), a form of it is also available for home use, using UGE’s 4K wind turbine with the WattStation to generate clean energy for EVs.
Michael Mahan, product general manager at GE Energy Industrial Solutions, said that “by marrying the elegant design of UGE’s Sanya Streetlamp with the GE WattStation, we have enabled the further adoption of electric vehicles by making access to renewable power easier.”