The electric bicycle and scooter are a means of transport getting popular with a double-digit growth every year.
It is not just a matter of comfort, but an effective answer to the demand for sustainable , short distance mobility.
Traffic, pollution, danger of accidents, stress and little physical exercise can be solved with a policy of incentives towards electric bicycles.
Our STOP&CHARGE solar-powered charging stations makes it possible to charge electric bicycles and other light vehicles with solar energy, in an integrated, turnkey solution.
Several charging stations installed in strategic locations would provide a safe place to lock your e-bike, remotely monitored with videosurveillance, and their battery topped up, all powered day and night thanks to solar power and integrated energy storage.
We designed from scratch an integrated solar-powered, off-grid charging station for light vehicles, using our previous real experience with the 50+ charging stations we installed in Europe.
Our charging station allows 4-5 devices to be charged at the same time, as well as smartphones and portable devices. Our monitoring system gathers over 40 data points every minute, allowing remote control of the charging station, different business models (i.e. free of charge, subscription-based, or funded by user profiling) and a prompt mainentance should a fault occur.
Our STOP&CHARGE charging method is customizable: we can offer either AC outlet or specific charging cables, like fast charging EV charging stations.
The AC outlets are power limited to 250W each to avoid improper use and protected by RCD device for safety. This offers maximum compatibility, and less maintenance costs, but the downside is that the users need to bring their charger with them.
The integrated charging cable removes this downside, and it is safer because no AC current is user accessible. However compatibility would be limited to the charger brands chosen, and cables, despite being reinforced with a steel braid, are more prone to damage than a waterproof electrical outlet.
In the future, when a charging standard (such as EnergyBus) will hopefully emerge, STOP&CHARGE solar charging station can be upgraded, preserving the investment.
Austin is an ideal location for solar power, with more than 5 kWh of solar power per square meter eacy day. See NREL map (https://www.nrel.gov/gis/images/state-level-resource-maps/ghi/Texas-ghi-2017-01.jpg). This means the charging station can be 100% powered by solar power and thus no grid connection is required.
Our architecture is immune to blackouts, which may happen on major weather events, and therefore in such situations it provides a vital service as its storage system can charge hundreds of smartphones as well.