“Right now, most Angelenos commute to work as the sole occupant of a car. Last year, each one spent an average of 128 hours stuck in traffic. L.A. wants to get more commuters into public transit and is expanding its subway and metro lines to help, along with building new housing next to transit centres. Garcetti says that his administration has paved more streets than any in LA’s history, but “who cares about potholes if Venice is underwater.” The city is also building the infrastructure to help people who keep driving make the switch to electric cars — including 25,000 new electric charging stations by 2025. Crosswalks and routes to walk to school will become safer. To make it easier to walk in hot weather, the city is planting shade trees and adding cool pavements. The network of bike lanes and bike sharing will expand. School buses and taxis will reach zero emissions by 2028; urban delivery vehicles will reach that goal by 2035. By 2050, every vehicle in the city will have zero emissions.” Read Full article herePhoto Jonathan Reily (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]) Making plans a reality is Twelcon’s motto. Twelcon’s engineers make the solutions available to cities like Los Angeles. Among the problems to tackle are the problems of making the energy available at the locations where it is used. We are all used to energy just being available; in the residences and buildings. But the transition we are in requires new and smart infrastructures. Energy, Location, Urban, Oh no!, CostThe four major issues we solve are: to bring energy at the location, create installations in an urban environment, having equipment which is suitable for all purposes and the cost of it all. Twelcon works closely together with city planners and, creates the multiyear implementation plan.
It’s a loss! When energy is transported at a low voltage much energy is lost as heat. Energy can only be transported at high voltages.
Give me Energy This high voltage presents an immediate problem which Twelcon has solved. We created the solution for Electric Vehicle planning in the city. Our cost-effective equipment connects directly to the High Voltage power lines. Our Substations rank among the best in green use, low usage of precious materials and highly efficient in use and in size.
At my location The next problem is the placement of the energy distribution equipment and charging stations. Twelcon has been facing this problem for over 20 years and has come up with many smart engineering solutions. One of our products is called a MicroSub, which as the name suggests is ultra-small and ready for use at the location. We package it in an even smarter enclosure where we place part of the high voltage equipment below the surface. This unique construction enables placement on pavements and taking the least amount of space away.
Urban As over 70% of people live in an urban environment. For the cities, it means that the CO2 solutions, the energy transformers and charging stations need to be in proximity of people. This is for most companies a significant problem. EV charging needs high energies; energies you don’t want to get close to people. Twelcon solved this issue many years ago, with a track record of 20 years of safety, in the middle of cities like Lisbon Portugal and more. Our solutions are 100% urban use save. With Urban other challenges are present: vandalism for example. Our solutions are tested and proven for all sorts of vandalism and stay safe. Challenges such as flooding and availability. With the changes in climate, the new equipment must function even in the worst conditions. The Twelcon engineers spent many years developing the systems that are safe and will work under worst conditions.
Oh no!No one wants to wake up the next morning and find the vehicle not having been charged up. The charging needs to be smart in many ways. While current vendors focus on smart charging only, Twelcon’s products are focussed on SMART USE. The energy distributions systems are monitored constantly when there is a problem action is taken. Users of the system are informed immediately, and a backup plan is initiated. The Smart City grid is informed via our IoT technology of the situations and enables the smartest plans to be set in action. This guarantees the consumer peace of mind of the new infrastructure.
Cost The cost can be a major factor and hurdle in a smart energy transition. Twelcon’s solutions are not just ‘less costly’, on a global scale it is of no help to be just a bit less costly. Our equipment is designed to use less cost. So how does this work? In the current industry, we see charging points being installed where every charging point has a full and complete technology. Every such charging points are expensive due to the very complex technologies. We go about it differently. We have placed all complex technologies in one modular box. That box is expensive. But the charging stations connected to it, are simple and contain the least number of components possible. The nett effect the total cost is much lower, the speed installation is much higher, every charging station can present both slow and fast loading and above all, we can connect hundreds at a time.
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CITY ENERGY TRANSITION NEEDS SMART SOLUTIONS SUCH AS TWELCON POWER SYSTEMS PROVIDES.