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Solar-powered car charging station in Brooklyn

Renewable energy company Beautiful Earth Group has unveiled a containerized solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) at a site in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  The station is built from recycled shipping containers and is topped with an array of 235-watt photovoltaic panels, which reach a total capacity of almost 6 kW.  A three-hour charge in the station provides an EV with a range of approximately 100 miles.  The new solar charging station is believed to be the first of its kind in New York City.

(via Jetson Green)

January 13, 2010 - Posted by | FKP | , , , , ,


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  2. Solar charging car its a really nice idea. In only 3 hours charging we get 100 miles range that’s really a great news.Thanks for the post.

    Comment by Rainbow Skill | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. Interesting hook “Jetson” but, seriously, where is the story?

    Not that I don’t love re-cycled shipping containers and what’s not to love about solar energy not to mention the retro-future look of it but who is going to use this and when?

    Is this an idea to replace highway gas stations where commuters can fuel up after leaving for work (only) 3 hours earlier in the morning than usual?

    Or is this a prototype of some souped up home charging system for wealthy greeners that BEG is about to launch in the marketplace?

    Or is this some lame publicity stunt that promotes something that has exactly zero practical application?

    It isn’t easy being green


    Comment by Mark | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Your guess is as good as ours, Mark. Though our inclination is to think this is more a demonstration of concept (solar stations can be used to charge personal vehicles) than a prototype for anything saleable. In Chicago, Chargepoint has built a solar charging station for its vehicle fleet; maybe this is a first step toward developing a larger infrastructure.

      Comment by freshkillspark | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. i think like you say its more a marketing gimic to promote electrical cars instead of a practical solution.

    Comment by weee recycling | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  5. I think this is the first step in actually changing anything. Gotta start somewhere. Maybe they could use these types of charging stations at city bus stations or school bus docks. Seems like a great idea to me.

    Comment by Mikeymike | February 3, 2010 | Reply

  6. This is brilliant, hopefully the oil companies will see this and find a real way to provide alternative power to what is soon to be a booming industry, electric cars. Not only can power be harnessed from fossil fuels with great efficiency, but charging stations can provide on-site renewable resources therefore providing almost 100% efficiency from harnessing the energy to driving the car. this will also cut the costs of providing the electricity dramatically, something that will be needed before the oil industry sees it as a profitable alternative due to the low cost of electricity to the consumer.

    Comment by Careless Driving | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. This looks great, I know its just a demo and all that but it could really pave the way for charging stations to power cars up in any location. Instead of a big truck coming to fill the place up with gas every day, the station harnesses its own power! Genius! no more transport of energy either. private charging stations could be set up by anybody with no need for a supple of oil, competition would reduce price, everybody wins….except the oil barons

    Comment by Driving Offence Solicitor | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  8. That is an interesting idea. It is probably not very cost effective, but in time, it could be with better technology.

    Comment by Landscape Forms | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hmmm, this is a very interesting idea. I don’t think it can be right to criticise this at such as early stage. Sure it can only provide 100 miles motoring, but once the technology has been harnessed, I am sure this will become much higher. Oil will not last forever!!!

    Comment by Billy Leasing | September 22, 2010 | Reply

  10. That’s a really cool idea.. I wonder what things will be like in 10 years. Definitely need to keep thinking of new inventive ideas to keep the world moving.

    Comment by 2011 Jetta | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  11. We should all be looking at the environment and what we can do to help the situation. It’s great that you are promoting solar energy and its be benefits.
    Keep up the good work
    If anyone is interested, read about Steve Schappart and his journey across america in a water powered car at just 4 the planet.

    Comment by Paul | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  12. Nice to see electric car facilities but it’s only one token gesture when a lot more is needed. When we see what happened to the electric cars in California (complete destruction of entire fleets of brand new vehicles) it suggests that the oil industry still gets it way.

    Comment by Computer Recycling and Disposal | November 2, 2010 | Reply

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