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Fort Lauderdale’s new car charging stations may blow you away

The Sanya Skypump is an example of electric vehicle charging station connected (Handout photo. )

October 26, 2013 | By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE — The city is hoping you’ll get a charge out of its latest effort to go green.

The wind turbines with their curved, intertwining blades look more like art sculptures than mechanical devices. And sitting on poles about 55 feet in the air, they’ll be visible from Interstate 95.

I think it’s a great opportunity for education and outreach, Assistant City Manager Susanne Torriente said. The more we can look at renewable energy options and alternatives, I think that’s what the public wants.

Car owners can top off their batteries while playing a game of softball or picnicking with friends at the park, located on Northwest Ninth Avenue between Sunrise and Oakland Park boulevards.

The $221,000 cost for the four stations is being paid for with federal stimulus money, part of a $2 million energy efficiency and conservation block grant the city received in 2009.

Officials don’t know what kind of demand to expect, but regional planners say the number of plug-in electric vehicles will grow exponentially in the coming years.


I’ve noticed even just driving around, more [Chevy] Volts showing up, Torriente said.

A report prepared by the South Florida Regional Planning Council this year showed about 1,000 plug-in vehicles sold in the three-county area. It projects that number to rise to about 15,000 by 2017 and to about 51,000 by 2022.

The report said there are approximately 18 public charging stations in Broward County and a dozen in Palm Beach County .

But the city’s will be the first with companion turbines.

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The turbines will be next to the chargers, but they won’t be directly feeding the chargers. Instead, they’ll be feeding the park’s overall electrical system, reducing the electricity the city has to buy from Florida Power and Light.

Some wind turbines have raised concerns because of the danger they can pose to birds, but the style being used by the city should not harm them, said Bob Everhard, sales manager for supplier Alternate Energy Company.

The rotation speed of the blades is slower than a traditional wind turbine, Everhard said, These vertical-axis machines, they spin slower and it’s easier for the birds to see the blades.

The turbines are the same ones installed on the Hilton Hotel on the beach, he said.

They also meet code to withstand 155 mph, Category 5 hurricane-force winds.

The turbines will each be able to produce a maximum 4 kilowatts of energy per hour, or a total of 36,000 kwh annually.

We’ll learn from it and we’ll adjust and where possible, we can replicate it, Torriente said of the charging stations.

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