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Solar powered charge station for electric scooters gets sustainability award

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A solar powered solution for recharging and docking e-scooter has been awarded for its innovation by Spanish telco Telefónica.

The Telefónica Sustainable Innovation Initiative selects innovative ideas among employees, suppliers, universities, and startups linked to incubator Wayra and Telefónica’s innovation division Open Future, as part of its bid to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations.

In 2020, Seville-based Solum was one of the recipients of the awards for its intelligent charging station for electric scooters, which are becoming an increasing common sight in cities as commuters seek to avoid crowded public transport and traffic congestion.

The Solum project aims to reuse telephone booths to provide cities with an infrastructure for parking and charging electric vehicles, according to a press release from the telco.

By surrounding the docking station with a solar floor which generates clean energy thanks to integrated photovoltaic cells, e-scooters can be recharged with free energy from the sun.

It will be developed by the company Solum, accelerated in El Cubo de Andalucía Open Future, an initiative of Telefónica and the Junta de Andalucía.

“We are committed to sustainable innovation as a fundamental tool to guarantee that our products and services, in addition to financial benefits, provide long-term social and environmental value”, explains the global director of Corporate Ethics and Sustainability of Telefónica, Elena Valderrábano in a statement.

“With this initiative we also seek to boost talent and take advantage of the immense potential offered by technology. In this call, participation has increased 74% compared to the previous year, with 261 proposals from 16 countries. In total, we have received 600 projects in these five editions,” said Valderrábano.

The second winner is a solution promoted by Telefónica’s Group Device Unit (GDU), which will allow customers to offset the carbon footprint generated by the purchase of their ‘smartphone’, and the third, devised jointly by Telefónica’s IoT & Big Data units, which is part of Telefónica Tech, is a system for measuring and controlling pollution levels in cities.

The winning projects address the most urgent challenges facing humanity, summarized in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations. These three proposals receive 30,000 euros each, as well as support and monitoring by experts from different areas of Telefónica.


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Bridie Schmidt

Bridie Schmidt specialises in writing about new technology and how it can help solve the problems of carbon emissions and climate change. With a degree in Communications from Macquarie University, and 20 years experience in front end web development, she has freelanced as a web and graphic designer since 2001. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. You can email Bridie at [email protected].

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