The cars, motorcycles and scooters that we drive are polluting and noisy. Driving electric is the future – not only as carbon neutral transport as well as storage and transportation of renewable energy. Solar panels and wind turbines can sometimes provide too much and sometimes too little energy. By storing excess energy in the batteries of electric cars you can use it at a different time and even in another place. Floris Schoonderbeek developed several products to implement this idea. The Lolo is a smart charging station for electric cars that can communicate with other batteries and energy suppliers – developed for The New Motion. With a nationwide network you can see when and where there is demand for energy. Love to load – the corresponding app – tells drivers where an electric charging station is available or where you can go ‘guerrilla charging’. In 2014 he won the Alliander design competition The Art of Batteries with the concept of e-livery: during the day you charge your car with the solar panels on the roof of your office and in the evening you drive home with a full battery. A fully charged battery has enough energy for you to cook your dinner, use your washing machine and turn your TV and lights on. By driving the battery you lose less power than a power cable to transport energy, and so you can put up sustainable power plants at, for example, business parks. Finally, he designed a smart socket-charging plaza for Allego: a charging plaza where multiple cars can charge. You charge at a small ‘smart socket’ that is easy to install and communicates with a large, central database. Within this charging plaza energy demand and supply can be cleverly distributed.
Both Lolo and e-livery are collaborations with graphic design studio Sinds1416.