GenCell Energy, an Israeli provider of hydrogen and ammonia to power fuel cell solutions, launched the GenCell EVOX, a new off-grid EV charging solution that leverages alkaline fuel cells, hydrogen and ammonia to power technologies. The company says that this was designed to resolve range anxiety and grid limitations by generating green, grid-independent, on-site power that can charge EVs anytime, anywhere.
Israel Startup Nation – since long before its independence and long before anyone ever called the country Startup Nation – has always been a world leader in developing alternative sources of energy as well as energy saving technologies. As a desert nation with little annual rainfall and little natural resources of its own, this was born out of necessity.
In recent years, Israeli firms have made great progress in new alternative energies and other green technologies, for example, Israeli company Doral Renewable Energy Resources is constructing what will be the largest solar farm in the United States. And other Israeli firms are making drinking water out of humidity in the air and advancing wind and solar energy tech. And companies like GenCell are advancing electric vehicle technology.
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While the global rise of EVs is welcome for many reasons, Gen Cell explains that the wider EV market continues to grapple with issues relating to pollutants and unstable sources of power for charging. Many EVs rely on electricity that is still generated by fossil fuels, resulting in harmful, warming emissions, and energy grid networks are challenged to provide sufficient power to meet the growing needs of EVs.
To address this problem, GenCell has developed a new type of charging solution, EVOX, which provides 100% green energy and can be distributed around the world along highways and virtually anywhere EVs travel where grid connectivity is inadequate.
As EVs consume a growing amount of electricity, and forecasts point to an enormous increase in the number of EVs entering the vehicle pool each year; the demand for electricity is expected to increase exponentially. Meeting these increased demands for electricity is already placing significant financial and logistical stress on power grids; developing the necessary electrical infrastructure to accommodate this demand will involve highly expensive investment of time and financial resources.
Instead, the GenCell EVOX solution, which is currently in deployment to deliver EV charging services to several commercial parking projects in Israel, helps overcome this shortage of electricity and grid stress, both in remote locations where transmission infrastructure is lacking as well as in densely populated areas where the demand for a large quantity of EVs puts high pressure on the grid.
In the case of hybrid charging stations combining multiple power resources for optimal cost, efficiency and performance, GenCell’s energy management software monitors and manages the use of different resources at different times to optimize the charging operations.
Each charging solution, says GenCell, has the power to charge dozens of EVs per day at DC power rates of between 50kW to 150kW, typically enabling each vehicle to reach a charge of 80% energy capacity within 12 – 30 minutes anywhere, anytime, independent of the grid.
Rami Reshef, CEO GenCell, said, “This launch is excellent news for site owners, EV charging service providers and environmentalists alike. The EVOX™ can be deployed quickly anywhere, it’s scalable, and it will go a long way towards eliminating range anxiety for EV drivers.”
“With many more EVs on the roads, and more to come in the next few years, these solutions will play a crucial role in allowing EV and charging vendors to deliver operational continuity while achieving zero emissions. Transportation is responsible for 25 to 30% of global carbon emissions; technologies like this that can accelerate wide scale EV adoption by facilitating faster and more economical scale-up of EV charging infrastructure offer an excellent way to decarbonize transportation. I’m very proud of the GenCell team for developing EVOX™, and as we move ahead with our ammonia and green ammonia technologies, we will have an even greater impact on the future of EV charging.”