What is claimed to be the first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle recharging station has been installed at the global headquarters of environmental services company Cespa near Barcelona.

The Sanya Skypump was developed by Urban Green Energy (UGE) and GE. It pairs UGE’s vertical wind turbines with GE’s electric vehicle charging technology.

The companies said more Skypumps will be installed later this year in the US and Australia at shopping malls, universities and other locations.

“Since launching the Sanya Skypump, we have received inquiries from companies around the world that are looking to embrace sustainability,” said Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE. “The Sanya Skypump is one of those rare products that enable institutions to demonstrate their commitment to the environment while providing a really useful service as well.”

Charles Elazar, marketing director of GE Energy Management’s industrial solutions business in Europe, said: “GE is launching a family of electric vehicle charging systems in Europe offering domestic and commercial users a range of easy-to-use, flexible systems to help make electric vehicles a practical, everyday reality."