The manufacturer of charging stations for electric vehicles, Ekoenergetyka-Polska, has supplied and launched the charging infrastructure for electric buses in Barcelona. The chargers were sent to the main public transport operator, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. In the TMB depot there have been installed seven quickPOINT Depot Charger with a power of 50 kW each and a quickPOINT City Charger with power of 500 kW.
Preparation of the infrastructure for the Spanish operator involved two challenges. Located in the south of Europe, Barcelona is known for its high temperatures., For the safety reason depot and city chargers have been equipped with a special fire-fighting system. In addition, the city charging station has been coated with a special white paint, which reflects sunlight to prevent from heating up. There were also installed more powerful fans, which allow for more efficient cooling of the charger’s interior. This equipment ensures that the infrastructure is mediterranean-heat-resistant.
The second challenge faced by Ekoenergetyka-Polska was the limited space. Barcelona is a large, busy metropolis with crowded streets. Therefore, both the urban and the depot charging station have very small base housing in order to occupy as little space as possible.
Dedicated monitoring system
In addition, the infrastructure is equipped with a real-time monitoring system. Although TMB already had its own system, it has been 100% integrated with the monitoring system provided by Ekoenergetyka-Polska. Thanks to this, the operator, using the OCPP communication protocol, can monitor the functioning and the processes of the charging stations on an ongoing basis.
The completed implementation for TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) is a flagship example of our ability to adapt to all customer requirements. The infrastructure delivered to Spain has a dedicated design, dimensions adapted to the available space, is resistant to heat thanks to a special paint, additional cooling and fire system. And our monitoring system has been successfully integrated into the operator’s system. – says Bartosz Kubik, President of Ekoenergetyka-Polska. Our ability to adapt to the customer’s needs that is our competitive advantage, which distinguishes us from the competition. – adds Maciej Wojeński, Vice President of Ekoenergetyka-Polska.