Adelaide City Council has combined green energy with new technology for the city’s environmentally aware shoppers. Together with the State Government, the Council has installed an electric vehicle charging station at the Central Market car park that is supplied by locally generated low-emission electricity. Adelaide Lord Mayor, Stephen Yarwood said that, in what is believed to be a world first, the public charging station is powered by an innovative Australian-developed fuel cell from Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. This enables city shoppers to recharge their electric vehicles from low emission sources rather than carbon intensive power from the electricity grid. The Central Market in Adelaide is owned and run by the Adelaide City Council and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction.
The new station is free to users and can charge two vehicles at a time. The ChargePoint recharging station’s 2kW BlueGen ceramic fuel cell will be able to generate at least 12,500 kilowatt hours of clean electricity each year. This is enough to power the average South Australian home and two electric cars travelling 15,000 kilometres each per year. Excess power not required for vehicle recharging will be fed into the grid.
“This initiative reinforces the City of Adelaide’s role as a leader in environmental sustainability and new technology,” Stephen Yarwood said. “This project is a sign of things to come as we move towards a cleaner and greener future for our beautiful city.” Brendan Dow, Ceramic Fuel Cells Managing Director, added: “We are excited to have a BlueGen unit at Adelaide Central Market and we are thrilled that the Capital City Committee has recognised BlueGen’s potential to power electric cars. BlueGen is an ideal companion technology to electric vehicles.” http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com