Fermata Energy, a pioneer in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, revealed that its FE-20 bidirectional charging system is fully certified to UL 9741 — the Standard for Bidirectional EV Charging System Equipment and UL 1741-SA, the Standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources, Supplement SA.
This achievement reinforces Fermata Energy’s dedication to top-tier safety and performance and builds on the success of its FE-15 chargers, which are operational across the U.S. The certification aligns with original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) growing emphasis on electric vehicles (EVs) with bidirectional charging, marking a pivotal advancement in the industry.
The FE-20 is developed exclusively for Fermata Energy by Heliox, a provider of EV fast-charging equipment. This 20 kW bidirectional DC charger charges and discharges an EV’s batteries with Fermata Energy’s proprietary AI-based software platform that optimally balances an EV owner’s transportation needs with revenue opportunities when the vehicle is parked.
Tailored for commercial customers, the FE-20 is engineered with increased power, improved cost-effectiveness, and enhanced features compared to its FE-15 predecessor. EV and fleet owners can capitalize on these chargers as revenue assets by participating in utility programs, allowing them to sell stored energy from EVs back into the grid or to offset peak demand costs.
“Earning UL certification exemplifies our dedication to excellence, safety, and regulatory compliance,” said Tony Posawatz, CEO of Fermata Energy. “We’re not only innovating; we’re ensuring every solution we offer stands up to the highest standards. Companies seek solutions that aren’t just feasible but also financially sound. V2X bidirectional charging isn’t just a means to electrify — it’s a pathway to earning revenue. The FE-20, combined with our state-of-the-art AI software platform, is pivotal in this convergence of mobility and electrification.”
Fermata Energy, a V2X software platform services provider, became a trailblazer in 2020 as the first company to secure UL 9741 certification in North America by UL, for its FE-15 charging system. The certification of the FE-20 system follows the company’s natural progression as the leading innovator in V2G technology and stands at the convergence of mobility and electrification in the North American market.
“With Fermata Energy achieving the first UL 9741 and UL 1741-SA certification of a Vehicle-to-Grid compliant bidirectional EV charger, UL Solutions is helping to build trust in this technology among fleet managers, consumers and other stakeholders,” said Milan Dotlich, VP and GM of Energy and Industrial Automation at UL Solutions. “We continue to monitor technical developments and regulatory changes to help enable innovation and speed to market as the future of mobility evolves.”
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