In BriefThe limited charging infrastructure for electric cars remains one of the reasons why some people don't consider owning an EV just yet. A unique stand-alone charger, powered by solar and wind energy, might just help in solving this situation.
Leading the world’s clean energy revolution are cheaper renewable sources — mostly solar and wind — and electric vehicles with their rechargeable batteries. Already, thanks to companies like Tesla, a certain kind of energy ecosystem can be created using these. The batteries of EVs can be used to supply power electric grids, for example.
But what if you can put solar and wind in a clean energy ecosystem that matches with your EV’s charging needs? That’s precisely what this giraffe-looking power station developed by Swedish company InnoVentum wants to achieve. Combining solar and wind helps stabilize energy production.
“The Giraffe 2.0 wind-solar power station is ready to charge anything from your e-vehicle to your home with wind and solar energy. It is comprised of a wooden structure supporting 24 solar modules as well as a wind turbine mounted at a 12 metre [sic] height,” the company says.
This stand-alone power station can produce about 38 kWh per day. Depending on annual wind speed and insolation levels, this translates to roughly 13.8 MWh (10,000 – 20,000 kWh). This can be used to charge EVs or to power a house, using 50-kW DC fast-chargers, or two level-2 connectors. It’s giraffe-like shape, which InnoVentum calls “smart angling” of solar panels, helps it get more hours of extra solar energy during the day.
As EV-charging infrastructure continues expansion, the Giraffe 2.0 introduces a solution that could make chargers more accessible, placing chargers where current networks can’t yet reach. Instead of paying for the cost of installing high-power charging stations, the Giraffe 2.0 presents a $66,000 (55,000-euro) alternative — a price that can be brought down by solar and wind incentives.