Charging an electric vehicle with solar or wind power is a renewable energy dream come true. And this is the promise that comes attached with the Sanya Skypump.
The device, a collaboration between Urban Green Energy (UGE) and GE Energy Industrial Solutions, was presented by Inhabitat. In short, it is a solar/wind mix that takes the guilt out of the electric car experience. It combines the GE WattStation and UGE’s solar-powered Sanya Streetlamp.
“A UGE-4K wind turbine harnesses wind power, while solar panels on the Skypump’s roof generate electricity from the sun’s rays”, wrote Inhabitat.
The website said the slim design can easily fit along roads or in parking lots and since many of them already use solar-powered Sanya Streetlamps, Skypump would be a perfect fit.
The promise is that the GE Wattstation can fully charge an average electric vehicle in only four to eight hours. Besides providing power for electric cars, it is also a source of renewable energy for nighttime street lighting.
Video: A Sanya streetlight by UGE spins on the Korean coast. The streetlamp sees an eddy vertical axis wind turbine dancing in the wind and is complemented by a 150 W solar panel.
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.