Bournemouth Council takes one giant leap to a greener future

Posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018

Bournemouth is taking part in a ground-breaking science project to use satellites to plan the roll out of charging points for electric vehicles.

The electric vehicle charging point project (EVCP), led by Energeo Ltd working with Bournemouth Borough Council, will use satellite imagery and data to develop an interactive map. This will help the Council identify locations for vehicle charge points using information about residential driveways, footpath sizes and potential obstructions.

The scheme is one of eight new projects being announced this week (British Science Week) that are part of the UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme, which demonstrates the potential of using satellite technology to solve challenges faced by the public sector.

Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste said: “We’re very excited to be involved in this pioneering project that will give us unprecedented insight into our current and potential future requirement for Electric Vehicle Charge Points (EVCP) within the Borough. Satellite data and applications that can be created from it have the potential to transform the way the public sector works, leading to better services and lower costs.

“The current roll out of Electric Vehicle Charging Points within the region has been limited. However, in response to rising demand from residents and in support of the Council’s ambition for Bournemouth as a Green Economy Leader, we are keen to encourage the use of Electric Vehicles.  Understanding where future EVCPs could be efficiently installed will help us do that.”

Science Minister Sam Gyimah, said: “These projects demonstrate the potential of satellite technology to benefit life on Earth with innovative solutions to challenges ranging from monitoring plastic waste in the sea to supporting the roll out of charge points for electric cars.

“The Space for Smarter Government Programme is transforming the way the public sector works. It will stimulate innovation and growth, while helping the public sector save money and improve decision making.”


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