Leading global certification body UL is working together with Sweden-based Azelio to evaluate its long-duration energy storage technology for entry into the United States market. The objective of the evaluation is to achieve a field certification of Azelio’s technology in 2021 for a specific project in California.
“The US market has shown great interest in Azelio’s technology and the need for long-duration energy storage is rapidly growing. We are now taking a big step towards market entry by partnering with UL to certify the technology for North American grid standards,” says Jonas Eklind CEO of Azelio.
As part of Azelio’s entry strategy for the U.S. market, UL has been chosen as the certifying authority for the company’s long-duration energy storage technology with on-demand clean power production. Being developed and manufactured in Sweden, Azelio’s product will be CE certified following European standards, which are different in certain aspects to American standards when it comes to electrical safety and grid compliance. UL, being the reference for many of the North American grid standards, will evaluate Azelio’s technology to enable the full compliance with the local grid codes and safety directives in the context of a field certification for a project in California.
In particular, Azelio’s Thermal Energy Storage needs to fulfil several requirements such as safety requirements according to NEC (National Electrical Codes), pressure regulations, local NFPA fire codes as well as regulations for connecting to the grid. UL who has more than 100 years of experience from working with standards and certification will among other standards use its recently updated UL9540 to evaluate the safety of the installation.
— Solar Builder magazine