A new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in central Dundee has seen a state-of-the-art rainwater harvesting and filtration system installed for drivers using the charge point. At Clepington Road in Dundee, it features an on-site solar canopy that can provide power for both the Bluewater system and the electric vehicle charge points.
The purified drinking water comes from collected rainwater that falls on the canopy, which is processed using multiple stages of advanced water filtration and purification technologies to create chilled and purified drinking water vended from the two on-site dispensers.
“The new EV Hub with Bluewater hydration solutions in Dundee is a game changer because it will provide clean water for the city’s residents and visitors for free, while reducing pressure on municipal resources and helping to build greater water resilience,” said Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri, one of Sweden’s foremost environmental entrepreneurs.
“In the past, drivers went to a petrol station, filled up the car and often at the same time ended up purchasing a beverage in a single-use plastic bottle.
“The Dundee project represents the future of the service station, in being not only zero-emission but also zero-single-use-plastic.”
Rittri believes the global problem of environmental pollution by plastics and chemicals – increasingly apparent in both marine and freshwater ecosystems – can be fixed using human ingenuity, which is why he is building a purpose-driven beverage organisation focused on innovating creative approaches to using water sustainably.
Bluewater purification solutions have been verified in independent testing to efficiently remove PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ from tap water - removing up to 99.99% of health-threatening microplastics and chemicals such as toxic PFAS from tap water.
“Fear of what is in tap water has driven millions of people worldwide to use bottled water, but research continues to show the potential health concerns associated with frequent use of bottled water,” said Phillip Russell, Bluewater UK Events and Venues Managing Director.
The combination of low-carbon and sustainable technology solutions being deployed at the new public EV charging hub in Dundee resulted from a unique collaboration between Bluewater, Dundee City Council, and traffic technology group SWARCO. The new hub features as the latest instalment of Dundee’s efforts to become the greenest city in Europe by investing in sustainable EV structures with 3.9 public EV charge points per square mile.
The Bluewater Rainwater harvesting system integrates rainwater storage, controls, pumps, and mains water backup and was developed in close partnership with GRAF - a global market leader in rainwater harvesting technologies.