V2B? It’s happening in Denver

The Alliance Center in Denver, Colorado. Credit: Fermata Energy.

New ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology would provide peak management, lower costs for building owners.

Today, The Alliance Center, a Denver-based organization, announced a partnership with Fermata Energy, a clean technology company based in Charlottesville, VA, to use the energy stored in an electric vehicle (a Nissan LEAF) and power its six-story, 40,000-square-foot office building originally constructed as a warehouse in 1908 (1536 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202).  This new partnership will result in energy cost savings and energy efficiency, said the company.

“There are many steps businesses can take to address climate change and work to eliminate their environmental impact on the world,” said Brenna Simmons-St. Onge, executive director of The Alliance Center. “That is why we are excited to announce our partnership with Fermata Energy to install their bidirectional charger and advanced software technology in the parking lot serving our building.” 

“The Alliance Center is a living laboratory that seeks out projects to test and showcase innovative technologies that address issues around sustainability,” said Simmons-St. Onge. “Providing a Fermata Energy bidirectional electric charger outside our building and utilizing their demand-peak predictive software will allow us to reduce our building costs and our impact on climate change.”

“Through our system of bidirectional charger married with our proprietary V2X software system, we make it possible for electric vehicles to combat climate change, increase energy resilience, and reduce energy costs,” said David Slutzky, founder, and CEO of Fermata Energy. “The partnership with The Alliance Center gives Fermata Energy the opportunity to demonstrate, in action, how we can be change agents to accelerate solutions to our world’s greatest challenges.” The charger will be installed in the first quarter of 2021.

Fermata Energy’s V2X software system has proven successful in reducing the energy costs of buildings where its infrastructure and technology is already installed. “Based on the outcomes of previous demonstration projects and commercial deployments, the value streams from this partnership could add thousands of dollars to the value of an EV over its useful life. This will make the option of going electric more affordable for drivers, and having more V2B chargers deployed will enable building owners to save on energy costs,” said Slutzky.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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