Massachusetts, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Evergreen Solar Inc. announced that its panels are being used to provide the electricity for a new electric vehicle battery recharging station in a high-traffic area in Frankfurt, Germany. The solar “fuel” station provides free battery charging for small-scale electric vehicles including Velotaxis, Segways, electric bikes and scooters.
The station contains six charging ports all of which receive their power from the Evergreen Solar panels located on the building’s roof. The installation is located in a major shopping district allowing people to power their vehicles while they shop. On a summer day the station will produce approximately 21 kilowatt-hours of electricity and enough annually to power 115,000 kilometers of travel for the average e-scooter. The cost of the installation was €65,000 [US $85,229].
“This new solar ‘fuel’ station will serve as a model for the transportation industry and is a major step forward in helping promote environmentally-friendly transportation,” said Peter Rusch, Evergreen Solar’s director of marketing and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “As a company that produces solar panels delivering the most electricity with the smallest carbon footprint, we feel a project like this one is very much in line with our brand and our overall mission.”