University of Piraeus tests first solar-powered electric car charging station

Following the ekathimerini.com - the Greek online news portal, Greece’s first solar-powered charging station for electric cars ensures 100 percent green energy and was recently launched by the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. It is still in the experimental stage and is being used for training and research purposes.

The charging station only uses solar power, which is turned into electricity and can charge electric car batteries, representing the first step for electric vehicle owners to no longer have to be reliant on power from the main electricity grid.

The charging station, which is located outside the workshop on the Elaionas campus, was created by the workshop (the idea belongs to Giorgos Spyropoulos), with the help of undergraduate and postgraduate students. It was bankrolled by the university and private companies.

It is a great solution for small Greek islands,” says Professor Ioannis Kaldelis, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Workshop for Renewable Energy Sources and Environmental Protection, which is responsible for the project. “First of all, they get a lot of sun. They are also small enough so the 100-150 kilometers of power is sufficient for local and tourists to get around on a day-to-day basis.”

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