Date
17 August 2017
Mikhail Belyaev's Lampbrella design adds an extra dimension to a streetlight. Photo: Ledgood.com
Mikhail Belyaev's Lampbrella design adds an extra dimension to a streetlight. Photo: Ledgood.com

What else can streetlights do?

If you ask Mikhail Belyaev from St. Petersburg they could double as umbrellas. His Lampbrella design incorporates rain and motion sensors into the shaft of the streetlight to transform it into shelter from the elements.

Beijing has different designs on its street lighting. It’s looking into the possibility of turning the poles into charging stations to fast track development of the city’s e-car infrastructure, according to the China Securities Journal.

The municipal government plans to build an extra 1,000 public fast-charging poles this year and promises to install one plug-in point for every 5 square kilometers in the future.

Few car buyers would be prepared to buy an e-car now and wait until they can drive it around without worrying about where to top up the battery. Turning omnipresent streetlights into charging points could be a quick catalyst for the industry and help bypass one of the biggest hurdles in the business — finding extra land to build a charging facility on. 

Once the technical aspects are resolved, Beijing will fire up a test in Changping and Yanqing districts before expanding the idea across the capital. 

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