Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the first city in the European Union to install a solar power charger for electric cars. This is a great example that Sofia sets for the entire European Union when it comes to the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.
The manager of this project declared on Wednesday that this is one of the most important ways in which a country can go green. “Electricity production can be polluting so we thought we would built this photovoltaic station and charge electric cars with green energy from the sun,” Rosen Malchev, engineer of the project said according to the New York Daily News.
The example set by Sofia is expected to be followed by other European cities, too. Hopefully, this will happen in the near future. The European Commission has already cited earlier this month the innovation, considering it one of the most successful breakthroughs in Europe’s fight against climate change.
If other European cities will follow Sofia’s example or not is something we will probably see in the near future. However, it is important to know that the investment made by the project managers was quite impressive. This small installation cost no less than 25,600 euros. Still, half of the project was founded by the United Nations Development Programme.
The investment may have been great, but so are the benefits. Actually, even though the solar car charger can only charge one vehicle at a time, it produces free and non-polluting energy. This means that clients will not have to pay for it, as this energy is a gift from the sun, Rosen Malchev explained.
“The photovoltaic equipment feeds from the light and not the heat and is even more efficient in winter time, when there is no need for cooling it down,” Malchev said.
This is just one of the projects conducted by Malchev’s Green Energy, which hopes to help countries reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The project promotes research and exchange of solutions that may lead to the increase in use of environmentally-friendly means of transportation.
The production and use of electric cars and the network of charging stations is still limited all around the world, including in Bulgaria. Currently, figures indicate that there are about 450 electric and hybrid cars registered in Bulgaria. Hopefully, their numbers will start growing in the following months.