Light poles to serve as charging stations

With funding from the Vissing Foundation, a research project will transform ten light poles into charging stations at the island of Bornholm, Denmark. For this project, the Technical University of Denmark joins forces with the local power operator, Bornholms Energi & Forsyning, and the local government authority, Bornholms Regionskommune. The project will introduce the charging technology in selected light poles at the old cultural history sites at Bornholm.

Converting conventional cars to electric cars is a focal point of interest in the green conversion process taking place at Bornholm. Convenient access to charging infrastructure is critical to make this happen. Charging accessibility is an important parameter for car owners who are considering whether to buy an electric car. For this reason, Bornholms Regionskommune, the Technical University of Denmark and Bornholms Energi & Forsyning are very pleased to note that the Vissing Foundation decided to support the experimental project using Bornholm as a test island. The project will investigate whether it is in fact possible, in terms of legislation, technology and shear practicalities, to charge electric cars directly from the light poles at the old cultural history sites at Bornholm.

“Often research conducted by the university focuses on the technical aspects of new energy technologies – ie. to make the technology work in a new or smarter way. We are grateful for the funding we have received from the Vissing Foundation. This allows us to engage in research which will also include aesthetics as well as aspects of relevance to the individual citizen and the local communities when rolling out new energy technologies,” explains Associate Professor and Research Director, Chresten Træholt, the Technical University of Denmark.