Israel’s Ecoppia signs 450MW project deal with Azure Power
Ecoppia, the Israeli provider of robotic solutions for PV solar, has signed a 450MW project with Azure Power, the Indian-headquartered independent power producer, developer and operator of utility and commercial scale solar PV power plants.
Ecoppia reports the project, signed in October and now reaching the advanced stages, is scheduled to go live early Q1 2021.
Despite the global pandemic, the Israeli firm has secured new projects for more than 10GW in the last four quarters. Ecoppia recently launched an IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), securing $82.5 million from leading institutional investors and providing a company valuation of $300 million.
It adds that without any physical presence, the firm has enabled its clients across the globe to keep at an optimal level of production, while avoiding soiling losses or potential damage, delivering operation continuity, even during complete lockdown.
“COVID-19 made it even clearer that full automation and advanced technologies are crucial in maintaining an optimal solar production. Over the last seven years, Ecoppia has been a vital pillar of the solar revolution, leading the shift in the way large-scale solar sites are managed and operated, as a key for reducing LCOE,” the statement asserts.
Jean Scemama, CEO of Ecoppia, adds that the significant deployment of robotic solutions for the Azure project is important for the firm as it allow it to deepen its market share in India, while also expanding its global reach, with projects in North and Latin America, as well as the Middle East.
“We are thrilled to be working with such a company that sets high targets both in terms of volume and quality,” says Scemama. “We see this long-term partnership as one of the growing signs that the solar industry is revolutionizing towards automated O&M. Ecoppia takes great pride in being at the forefront of this revolution, supporting the green recovery of the post COVID-19 era” he adds.
Azure Power is a leading independent solar power producer, with a pan-Indian portfolio of 7.1GW as of 30 June 2020. Of that 7.1GW, 1.8GW is operational, while 1.3GW is under construction, and 4.0GW have received a Letter of Award, but PPAs have yet to be signed, the company says.
Azure is part of a growing list of leading energy companies that realise the need for automated solutions and management, the statement adds. While tariffs become lower, the solar industry understands just how crucial efficient O&M can be to remain profitable, the statement from Ecoppia adds.
With a steadily released project pipeline, Azure Power needs a robust solution that can cope with the mass while maintaining an optimal performance, creating clean-green energy production, the statement concludes.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.