A consortium of cleantech companies, led by AllCell Technologies, unveiled an off-grid solar charging station in Amman, Jordan. The station, which can simultaneously charge both a Nissan LEAF and multiple light electric vehicles, is completely off-grid and includes a lithium-ion energy storage system that is protected from the heat of the Jordanian sun by AllCell’s passive thermal management system.
The station consists of a 3 kW solar canopy from Sun Phocus, AllCell’s 25 kWh lithium-ion energy storage system, and DBT’s Level II charging station. Nissan provided an all-electric Nissan LEAF vehicle while Matra contributed two electric scooters, two electric bikes, and a pair of electric GEM cars (each GEM car is also equipped with a solar roof).
Net Energy handled construction and project management and will be in charge of ongoing operations, and will be supported by USAID funds to support the training of Net Energy employees. The station is located at the El-Hassan Science City, and will be open for public tours and educational programs in the near future.
Jordan lacks fossil fuel resources and imports more than 90% of its energy. Largely untapped to date, Jordan is blessed with exceptional solar resources, and the project was designed as a proof-of-concept for a large-scale infrastructure project to meet the government’s goal of 10% renewable energy by 2020.