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RIMINI EXPO CENTRE: AT ECOMONDO, SIX COLUMNS FOR THE FREE CHARGING OF ELECTRIC CARS AND MOTORCYCLES
Press release n. 13 of the 09/11/2017 10.12.19 ( download )
850 LED LIGHTING FIXTURES ALSO INSTALLED IN THE HALLS: -66% POWER SAVED AND 120 TONS OF C02 LESS IN THE ATMOSPHERE PER YEAR
.Rimini, 8th 2017 . On the occasion of Ecomondo, the EV charging columns that Italian Exhibition Group has installed at the Expo Centre debuted today.
Six are already fully operational, while a seventh will be installed in the next few days.
IEG president Lorenzo Cagnoni comments, ´The free charging stations add a further qualifying feature to our expo centre, which already stands out in Europe for the green facilities the merited ELCA´s prestigious international ´Building with Green´ Award in Nuremberg. With this latest project, Rimini Expo Centre offers its clients an important service that encourages choices in sync with sustainable mobility. On this matter, the decision to build an on-site railways station is increasingly turning out to have been strategic and it is already used by 20% of the visitors to our expos, thus reducing traffic and atmospheric pollution.´
Two free charging columns are positioned at the East entrance, two at the West entrance two more at the South entrance´s cark park.
Each station is equipped with four sockets: two for cars and two for motorcycles. The charging points are indicated by special signposts and positioned to facilitate use to the utmost.
Each column is constantly connected to the Expo Centre´s electricity network and charging is free.
The columns take their place alongside another recently completed project: the installation of 850 new LED lighting fixtures. All the halls´ lighting fixtures now use this technology, contributing to the reduction of energy consumption, in line with our green policy of environmental sustainability.
The new LED fixtures have a power of 150 Watts and replace traditional 450 Watt metal halide lamps. Thanks to this project, power used for lighting has been reduced by 66%, with an annual saving of 360,000 kWh, whereas the environment benefited with a reduction of over 120 Tons/year of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
RIMINI EXPO CENTRE - A GREEN EXPO CENTRE
The strong points include the green indoor and outdoor areas which cover 160,000 square metres (with water from surface water-bearing strata for the irrigation systems), the segregation of the waste produced, the architecture´s use of wood from Scandinavia forests where there is an on-going reforestation cycle, the mainly natural lighting and the use of LED lighting technology, as well as the inauguration in 2012 of a new photovoltaic system (realized by a third party) on the halls´ roofs, making Rimini Expo Centre the first self-sufficient expo centre from the point of view of its electricity supply.
Italy is fifth in Europe for the number of public EV charging points (4,200 in over 2,100 stations). Germany has five times this number (over 22,700) and ahead of Italy come the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Norway; after Italy in this ´ranking´ come Sweden, France, Austria and Spain.
The ratio of column per number of inhabitants is more penalizing, with one for every 14,300 inhabitants, with Norway leading this ranking, with a charging column for every 670 inhabitants. Lastly, the ratio between columns and electric and plug-in hybrid cars sold from 2014 to July 2017 shows that Italy is in sixth place in Europe: 2.23 cars per column. In the ranking of electric cars sold in the last three years, Norway stands out with 129,000. Italy is eleventh with 9,400.