EV Charging Station Powered by the Wind


Some people say that electric vehicles are as sustainable as the energy that feeds into them. The DuraStation does just that, provides electric power to EVs using wind as the source of that power.

The product of a partnership between General Electric (GE) and Urban Green Energy (UGE), from New York, the Sanya Skypump solution combines GE’s DuraStation electric vehicle chargers and UGE’s 4-kilowatt (KW) vertical wind turbines. The Durastation is a Level 2 charger, which speeds up the charging process from 12 to 18 hours to four to eight hours. The UGE wind turbine is 42 ft high, and it requires winds of at least seven miles per hour to generate electricity.

The solution is aimed at commercial and government customers and Barcelona in Spain became the first location to benefit from this alternative power solution for electric vehicles. It is located at the headquarters of Cespa, an environmental services subsidiary of Ferrovial Servicios. There are plans for other Sanya Skypump installations in Australia and the US later this year.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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1 Comment

  1. Doing the same with hundreds of batteries being charged at the same time using solar PV might help for the times of low or no wind. Having hundreds of batteries pre-charged for quick changeouts is a good idea. Figuring out ways to charge our children and grandchildren for free sunshine and wind is the trick. We must make them think they have no right to these natural resources.