Urban Green Energy (UGE) and GE unveiled the first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station. The Sanya Skypump pairs UGE’s 4 kW vertical wind turbine with GE’s Durastation electric vehicle (EV) charging technology (Level 2, 30A) in a single unit, with all required electrical systems located within the tower.
UGE developed and patented a dual axis design that eliminates the concern of premature bearing failure. UGE says that its turbines outperform the competition by spreading both horizontal and vertical forces along the length of the axis, resulting in increased durability and power production along with lower vibration and resistance.
Installed by UGE Iberia, the Spanish branch of New York-based Urban Green Energy, the wind-powered EV charging station is located at Cespa’s global headquarters near Barcelona. Cespa is the environmental services subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios, the world’s largest private transportation infrastructure investor.
When the charging station is not in use, the UGE- 4K turbine will continue to operate and feed energy back into the grid, providing the local electric grid with additional renewable energy.
More Sanya Skypumps will be installed later this year in the US and Australia at shopping malls, universities and other locations.