First EnGo Solar, Kinetic Recharge Station in the U.S. Installed at Webster University

EnGo Recharging Station EnGo device will recharge phones, tablets and other portable electronic devices

Note: A ribbon cutting ceremony for the EnGo station has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 9, 2014) - Students, faculty and staff will soon be able to recharge their portable devices on Webster University’s home campus without plugging in to the electrical grid.

A new EnGo Public Charging Station is available to recharge up to 14 mobile devices at a time in front of Webster’s East Academic Building, 545 Garden Ave. It will be powered through solar panels and kinetic charging tiles that produce electricity every time someone walks across them. There will be no cost to students, faculty and staff to use the device. Installation started the first week of September and is being completed this week.

This will be the first EnGo mobile device powering station installed in the United States.

“Sustainability is one of Webster University’s core values and this recharging station is another investment in reducing our impact on the environment,” said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “Webster University is innovating and leading the nation with the installation of the EnGo station, demonstrating our commitment to sustainability while also offering a convenience to our students, faculty, staff and visitors who rely on their cell phones and tablets to stay connected to each other.”

The public recharging station is being installed by Volta Group. The EnGo Public Charging Station comes equipped with 10 cables that cover most models of cell phones and tablets, two USB ports, and two wireless charging pads for the newest devices that recharge without plugs. The station, along with the cost of installation and customizing the unit to match the University’s logo, will cost about $20,000.

The Engo charging station will be powered by solar energy and kinetic energy tiles, both renewable sources of power. The station also offers free Wi-Fi and an emergency phone to Webster University’s Public Safety department.

Petar Mirovic, chief executive officer of Volta Group, said that this will be the first-of-its kind recharging station in the country, but certainly not the last. “Energy efficiency is a key step to reducing negative impact on climate change,” Mirovic said. “The EnGo Charging Station provides free recharging and also serves as an educational tool with the main goal to motivate people to become more aware how their actions affect the planet, while also increasing their awareness about importance of using renewable energy sources. We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable-oriented people."

Branko Zivkovic, co-founder of Volta Group and a Webster alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008 and a Master of Science in Finance in 2009, said that Webster has been a great partner in rolling out this product in St. Louis. "We hope that we will have an opportunity to further develop our partnership with Webster University on other sustainability projects" Zivkovic said.

The charging station went live this week.

“The installation of the EnGo unit and our partnership with Volta Group are part of a strategic effort by Webster University to maintain its dynamic leadership in the area of sustainability and enhance its operational excellence by reducing its environmental footprint,” said Julian Schuster, Webster’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Over the past several years, Webster has made several key investments in this effort and we plan to introduce new exciting initiatives soon.”

This semester, the University entered into a car sharing program for students with Enterprise CarShare, reducing the number of vehicles needed on campus for transportation. Earlier this year, Webster installed seven arrays of 725-kilowatt solar panels on its buildings in the St. Louis region. Last year, the East Academic Building was recognized with a Gold LEED certificate, a standard that is used to measure and document a building’s sustainable features. Two years ago, the University installed solar-powered recyclable trash compactors on the home campus. The University also hosts an annual sustainability conference to raise awareness of related issues and has had a robust recycling program for nearly three decades.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

For more information about the EnGo station, visit http://www.voltagroup.com or watch a video about the device at http://vimeo.com/105156361

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