Oct 14, 2017

UL and GGC Lab: joint venture to strengthen Middle East’s renewable energy market

Sophie Chapman
2 min
Joint venture between UL AND GCC
UL, a global safety science company, and GCC Lab, a closed joint stock company that test and certify electrical equipment, will operate as a...

UL, a global safety science company, and GCC Lab, a closed joint stock company that test and certify electrical equipment, will operate as a joint venture based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The partnership is in order to strengthen and boost the quality of the Middle East’s renewable energy market, and will combine the two companies’ resources, knowledge, and expertise.

Although previously based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UL will be joining GCC in Damman, Saudi Arabia, so they can cater to customers throughout the Middle East, including Egypt.

The joint venture company will update the certification requirements to improve the region’s renewable energy infrastructure.

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They will also offer new services, such as pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services, and product testing of solar photovoltaic modules, including accessories that comply with applicable, UL and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards.

Through the joint venture, the two firms plan to capitalise on UL’s reputation as the region’s leading safety science company and GCC’s strength and mandate as part of the Kingdom’s vision 2030.

This month has already seen the region’s Saudi Aramco propose a synergy with Russian energy entities in relation to the vision.

“This agreement represents each organization’s strong commitment to provide customers with all services related to renewables to meet the varied climate of the region,” said Hamid Syed, Vice President and General Manager of UL Middle East.

“We are delighted to be able to be part of its aggressive renewable targets by offering a complete range of services via the new joint venture company and excited about developing new relationships through the extended client base.”

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Jul 28, 2021

UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service

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Nissan
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Dominic Ellis
3 min
V2G technology developed by DREEV can recharge an EV battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharge excess energy to sell back into the grid

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 service, designed to support the grid through low carbon energy consumption, is being provided by EDF, through Group subsidiary DREEV, in partnership with Nissan.

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. 

US updates

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.

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