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Phoenix Contact to receive 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

04/14/2014

Solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EVs)  

Solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EVs)

SunPlug solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles recognized for environmental innovation and excellence

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Phoenix Contact will receive a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for the SunPlug project, a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EVs).  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection selected 19 projects that promote environmental stewardship and economic development.

SunPlug went into commission on April 22, 2013, as part of Phoenix Contact’s Earth Day activities. Since that time, it has delivered about 200 kWh of electricity, which represents nearly 1,000 hours of driving time. Almost entirely student-designed and built, the charging port includes 12 south-facing solar panels, Apollo Solar inverter and Concorde AGM batteries that collect sunlight during the day. The design of the control panel cabinet, however, uses almost all Phoenix Contact products. The placement of the solar panels allows for optimal light collection, with an additional 4 kW of battery reserve for the electric vehicle.  


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