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availability to 60 total stores in September. The GE WattStation, a Level 2 charger, fully charges an electric car in just four to eight hours compared with standard overnight charging that can take as much as 12 to 14 hours. The wall-mount unit can be installed in an EV user’s garage or outdoors, operates on a 208-240 volt AC circuit and is designed to work within the EV ecosystem.
ECOtality collaborated with American Electric Power to unveil Ohio’s first Blink EV charging stations. The Blink Pedestal chargers were installed at the Walmart and Sam’s Club in Columbus and are part of AEP Ohio’s gridSMART initiative to promote energy efficiency. The Blink Pedestal chargers installed are level 2 (240 volt AC) chargers that feature interactive color touch screens and real-time communication capabilities that can integrate with various smart grid and energy management programs. EV drivers will be able to locate charging stations through the Blink mobile application, and can charge at any Blink station through a variety of options including interoperable RFID cards or fobs, smartphone applications and mobile phone and credit-card based payment options.
ECOtality also partnered with IKEA to place EV charging stations at select IKEA stores in the western United States. IKEA locations being considered for hosting the charging stations include 10 stores in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. These sites will be evaluated for feasibility and installation needs. Operational charging stations could be available as early as fall 2011. IKEA will be responsible for preparing sites for installation, keeping them orderly and reporting charging information to ECOtality, which will oversee installation and manage ongoing charger operations. The select stores meeting key criteria will have a minimum of two stations and the pilot program between ECOtality and IKEA will last through December 2012.
AeroVironmentit received certification and listing from the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for six EV charging systems. The fast charge stations, which AeroVironmentit says can provide a full EV recharge in less than 30 minutes, passed hundreds of trials as part of UL’s stringent testing program. AeroVironment’s UL-listed product offering includes smart grid-enabled home charging stations; commercial AC charging stations; high-power DC fast charging stations; and a standard 120 volt AC charging cord that can be used with every EV and plug-in hybrid.
SOLON partnered with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) at the University of Arizona to design and build an energy storage management research and testing site. The purpose of the site is to research the reliability and applicability of integrating different energy storage technologies with photovoltaics onto the grid, and ultimately to provide utilities greater control of their renewable portfolios. The site will be attached to a 1.6 MW solar plant recently built by SOLON, owned by TEP, and located at the University of Arizona’s science and technology park. The project is an open design allowing for many different technologies to be added or replaced as advancements continue in the coming years. SOLON will design and install the control system and oversee the project.
Bloom Energy will install natural