• Project: The laboratory of the city of the future

Imagine parking on any street in your city, looking for the nearest street lamp and plugging in your electric vehicle.

Just like that.

No need to go around the neighborhood in search of a recharging pole or to leave the car miles from home because there is no closer outlet.

It would be, right now, the dream of any electric car driver, used to searching for poles to recharge his vehicle in shopping centers or to spending a good amount of money in the installation of a socket in his own garage.

Despite the attention paid to electric cars in recent years as an alternative to combustion cars, practically no Spanish city has a

public infrastructure for electric recharging

that allows it to adequately supply the gradual increase in this type of vehicle.

And that is what 'Humble Lamppost' proposes to correct, an initiative framed within the

MAtchUP project developed by the Valencia City Council and Las Naves

and which is part of the constellation of innovation projects around Missions València 2030, the governance model of innovation designed for the city and that has been recognized by the European Commission.

The idea is to take advantage of an existing installation such as streetlights, which offer a service at night but have a daytime potential that is not being used.



is to

adapt the streetlights

that are already working so that, in addition, they can become recharging points for electric vehicles. In this way, we could reverse the deficit in the charging infrastructure that currently exists in the city", explains Ernesto Faubel, project coordinator .

The advantage of this system with respect to the charging posts is, fundamentally, the price of the installation.

While a specific system for electric vehicles could involve an investment of about 50,000 euros (pipes, civil works and the contract for a new power line), according to the technicians, the conversion of a streetlight

would cost only about 1,000 euros

, the cost of the charger, since the supply would be made through the municipal network.

"Two chargers are installed in a streetlight using a wraparound system that we have designed to prevent vandalism. We plan to activate between 7 and 10 streetlights, which means between 14 and 20 chargers, and test their operation to see if it can be extended to the rest of the the city ", indicate sources of the MAtchUP program.

If the program succeeds in being extended, it would be a spur for the acquisition of electric cars, since a powerful network of chargers could be articulated at a reasonable price.

The project, which is promoted by the Department of Innovation directed by

Carlos Galiana

in collaboration with the Lighting delegation, is in a very advanced phase and the technicians estimate that the first chargers could be installed before the end of the year in the maritime district of the city of Valencia.

Tidal and sewer energy

The conversion of street lamps as electric recharging points is just one of the alternative energy projects that are being tested in the city of Valencia.

The MAtchUP project has a total of

52 actions


to discover the possibilities of renewable energy


Wave energy device that will be installed in the Marina and that will generate electricity with the waves.

For 2021, in fact, the Valencia City Council has included a budget of 278,000 euros to install a

wave energy


in the Marina


It involves the installation of a kind of float that rises and falls with the waves.

This movement feeds a device that, by water pressure, generates electricity.

It is a test project to test if the technology is "effective and efficient" and if the energy it generates can

maintain the lighting of the Marina


"It is about trying different things," indicate the technicians, who have already drawn up the technical specifications for the construction and installation of this device to be put out to tender in the internal part of the outer dock of the Marina.

"We studied the possibility of installing it outside the dike, where more energy could be generated. But, finally, we decided to install it on the inside face, next to the point known as the hammer, to protect it from adverse meteorological phenomena," says Faubel.

The intention is that the device can be

operational in the first half of next year


In this way, it will be possible to monitor the results for at least one year and be eligible for European funding, since the program ends, in principle, in 2022. To do this, permits from the Navy, the Port Authority, the Maritime Captaincy are required. and the Department of Climatic Emergency.

All permits are already in process.

Location of the wave energy device in the Navy THE WORLD

Another project that is being worked on is the

extraction of energy from the sewer system


There is a pilot program that is designed to provide enough energy to heat the water in the Nazareth sports complex.

However, the technicians are studying all the possibilities to avoid that the installation of the mechanism obstructs the collector.

In this sense, it has been advocated to articulate the device in an alternative branch that is built for this purpose and, in this way, avoid any possible incidence in the city's sanitation network while the system is being tested.

In this case, the pilot would seek to obtain thermal energy by the difference in temperature between the underground collector and the surface.

Sensors in homes

Another line of research in the project tries to

combat energy poverty

in times of the covid.

For this, the installation of sensors in homes in the Maritime towns of Valencia has been planned so that users can consult the data generated in their own homes.

After receiving the data, the citizens who participate in the project will receive advice to

reduce their bill at the end of the month


It is intended to reach 500 homes in the Maritime towns and start a citizen campaign before the end of 2020.

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