Shell Opens its lst Solar EV-Charging Station In Europe


Germany and the Netherlands - Royal Dutch/Shell Group has officially opened its first solar-powered electric vehicle (EV)-recharging stations - two in Germany and two in the Netherlands - and plans eight more in Germany later this year.  At the two stations in Hamburg, Germany, EV drivers pay 24 cents (42 pfennings) per kilowatt-hour to charge; additional power generated is sold to the power grid.  The project is managed with Hamburgische Electriciteits-Were AG, which has EVs in its own fleet.  In the Netherlands, additional electricity for the stations comes from renewable energy sources wait the power gird.  The four sites together can produce 3,500 kW per year; each uses different solar systems for testing.  One site has a tracking/panel positioning system achieving 30 percent higher yields.