On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Dead Sea, a $2 billion agreement was signed between The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, AllCell Technologies, LLC, and Princess Sumaya University for Technology in the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah II, which involves the creation of charging infrastructure for 100,000 electric vehicles by the year 2020.
The activities are in line with AllCell’s effort to expand its product development and global market presence. AllCell’s thermal management technology is suitable for lithium batteries in hot environments, like those in Jordan, and thus the project will help demonstrate and highlight this advantage.
The project will allow AllCell to study the effect of hot climates on lithium battery performance and lifetime for electric vehicles, assess the needed infrastructure to support mass-market introduction of plug-in electric vehicles, as well as to provide input to the Jordanian government regarding the promotion of the use of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and assist in the development of codes and standards for PEVs in Jordan.
Earlier on October 20, the first solar charging station for electric vehicles was inaugurated by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan at El Hassan Science City. The station was established in cooperation between an All-Cell affiliated Jordanian clean technology firm NetEnergy, Nissan Jordan, the environment ministry, USAID and the Higher Council for Science and Technology with the support of AllCell, Sun Phocus, DBT and MATRA.
Princess Sumaya highlighted that Jordan currently imports 90 per cent of its energy needs, and said “this project is considered the nucleus to build a green Jordan and will work on enhancing the security of the Kingdom in the fields of energy by relying on renewable energy resources”.
The establishment of the station and the agreement demonstrate Jordan’s commitment to renewable energy sources, in addition to allowing it to maintain its position as a leader in this sector in the Middle East region and creating green jobs and exporting green technologies to other parts of the region.