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Vehicle-to-Building (V2B) Technology Coming to Downtown Denver

  • The Alliance Center is installing the Fermata Energy V2B System at their facility in Denver.
  • The Fermata Energy V2B System will work in conjunction with The Alliance Center’s electric vehicle (EV) to utilize the energy stored in a Nissan LEAF battery to charge the building during peak demand times.

Fermata Energy’s bidirectional charger and predictive demand-peak software will result in energy cost savings and reduction in The Alliance Center’s carbon footprint.

The Alliance Center building in downtown Denver, CO.

DENVER and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — January 5, 2021 — Companies have a lot of challenges ahead of them, including a global pandemic, a recession, systemic racism, and the climate crisis. Business leaders today are challenged on the actions they can take to address our climate challenges.

“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.

The Alliance Center building in downtown Denver, CO.

Fermata Energy’s proprietary 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.

A Nissan LEAF attached to a Fermata Energy bidirectional charger.

Quick Facts

The Alliance Center installed the first DC electric vehicle fast charger in Lower Downtown Denver in 2017, which is capable of fully charging most electric vehicles in one hour.

The Alliance Center owns and operates a building constructed in 1908, which is held to 21st century sustainability standards. It was recently named the most energy efficient building in Lower Downtown Denver.

In 220, The Alliance Center announced it is leading Colorado’s efforts to craft a regenerative and equitable future for the state, as part of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition.

About the Alliance Center

The Alliance Center is a nonprofit focused on holistic sustainability with an event and collaborative working space in the heart of lower downtown Denver. We demonstrate sustainability in action and mobilize change agents to accelerate solutions. The Alliance Center is a model for innovative green building practices, collaborative working techniques and engaging educational programming—all designed to scale up the sustainability movement. For more information, visit thealliancecenter.org.

Images and article courtesy of Fermata Energy

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