ENERGY

AppGuard Launches Zero Trust Incident Response Initiative for Endpoints to Address Similar Threats to the SolarWinds Breach Mitigation

AppGuard | January 20, 2021

It has been reported that the highly sophisticated breach of SolarWinds and the cyberattack that was spread through its Orion platform has impacted an estimated 18,000 customers and went undetected for months.

"We must come together to defend against an attack of this magnitude" says Brody Ehrlich, AppGuard Chief Operating Officer. "The damage done to governmental agencies and enterprises is not fully recoverable and this type of threat is repeatable for the next group to emulate, whether it uses SolarWinds or another widely used application. AppGuard's software is uniquely positioned to assist cyber defense solutions providers because we can implement specific protections designed to mitigate threats of this type, even in cases where it goes undetected for a period of time."

AppGuard is pleased to announce a rapid response offering developed to be deployed by our trusted partners and incident response teams, to assist in mitigating this threat and others like it. We expect that governmental agencies, healthcare providers, and enterprises within the government supply chains are at highest risk and will bear the brunt of future attacks of this nature.

"Traditional cyber technologies and solutions such as EDRs, Next Generation AV (NGAV), White Listing/Application controls could neither identify nor contain the compromise. This is common of tools that seek to diagnose the threat instead of defending the risk points. AppGuard's zero-trust defense prevents and contains compromises to systems and infrastructure," adds Fatih Comlekoglu, the Chief Technology Officer and inventor of the AppGuard technology.

"This SolarWinds exploit and breach shows us why having a Zero Trust solution in place to protect your endpoints and servers is more critical than ever before. AppGuard's patented controls give organizations a way to adopt zero trust policies faster than any other solution" said Kristen McFadden Gandhi, Global SVP of Product at AppGuard. "With AppGuard's autonomous policy engine in place, customers can make use of SolarWinds functions while protecting themselves from the dangerous processes spawned by the malicious code. We already have some customers doing so now."

Spotlight

In October 2017, bright minds from all over the world will gather in Australia for the World Solar Challenge.1 There, student teams will compete in a 3,000 km traverse across the Australian desert with solar cars they developed. Inspired by one of the competing teams, Solar Team Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology [TU/e]), the joint team of Ecofys and Navigant took a closer look at trends for EVs in this white paper, and, more specifically, discuss the potential of electric solar vehicles.

Spotlight

In October 2017, bright minds from all over the world will gather in Australia for the World Solar Challenge.1 There, student teams will compete in a 3,000 km traverse across the Australian desert with solar cars they developed. Inspired by one of the competing teams, Solar Team Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology [TU/e]), the joint team of Ecofys and Navigant took a closer look at trends for EVs in this white paper, and, more specifically, discuss the potential of electric solar vehicles.

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UL Acquires Clear Sky Analytics

UL | May 18, 2021

UL, the global safety science leader and one of the world's leading advisors on the development, assessment, and optimization of renewable energy ventures, announced today the acquisition of the proprietary software platform and related assets of solar analytics company Clear Sky Analytics. Ajay Saproo and John Corson, co-founders of Clear Sky Analytics, will also join UL. The proprietary software platform analyses the performance of solar assets and offers prescriptive insights. This acquisition broadens UL's solar offerings and strengthens its overall solar and wind renewables expertise, which includes consulting services through the project life cycle and supply chain, from due diligence to project development, certification, testing and evaluation, asset management, and reporting. Clear Sky Analytics, founded by solar industry veterans Ajay Saproo and John Corson, specializes in distilling and interpreting operating PV solar plant data to maximize efficiency through actionable insights. Clear Sky Analytics' proprietary software platform combines data quality management, performance optimization, and analysis algorithms to create a complete and detailed accounting of energy produced and energy wasted due to specific reasons. The Clear Sky Analytics platform acquisition expands UL's existing comprehensive portfolio of independent technical advisory, testing, inspection, certification, and software services to the solar energy industry. These services are intended to assist stakeholders such as developers, investors, financiers, owners, operators, utilities, grid managers, and policymakers in understanding the complexities of solar energy production and the ability to produce clean, renewable energy. They support all phases of the project life cycle, including feasibility, planning, design, construction, financing, investment, operations, and maintenance. Since its launch in March 2017, Clear Sky has provided development and operational insight for over 150 solar projects across a wide range of geographies and designs. This includes Clear Sky and UL collaborations. Engagements have included UL consulting and laboratory and field inspection facilities along with Clear Sky's plant performance data analysis, resulting in optimized solar plant performance and significant operator cost savings. The deal was completed on May 17, 2021. The acquisition's terms were not disclosed. About UL UL is the global leader in safety science. It provides testing, inspection, and certification (TIC), training and consulting services, risk management solutions, and essential business insights to its customers in over 100 countries, assisting them in achieving their safety, security, and sustainability objectives. The deep product experience and expertise through supply chains make it the go-to partner for customers facing complex challenges. About Clear Sky Analytics Clear Sky Analytics, a privately held company, distills and interprets efficiency data to provide actionable insight as a service to enhance the assessment and optimization of operating solar plants. Its proprietary software combines data quality enhancement, performance analysis, and analysis algorithms to provide a detailed and quantitative accounting of energy production and losses due to specific causes.

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FOOD SYSTEMS

AMYRIS AND MINERVA FOODS COMPLETE JOINT VENTURE AND LICENSE AGREEMENTS TO SCALE LOW CARBON PROTEIN PRODUCTION PLATFORM

AMYRIS | December 24, 2021

Amyris, Inc. a leading synthetic biotechnology company accelerating the world's transition to sustainable consumption through its Lab-to-MarketTMoperating platform, announced the completion of a previously announced joint venture agreement with MF 92 VENTURES LLC ("Minerva"), a Minerva Foods subsidiary, to develop molecules for the sustainable production and distribution of animal protein ("the Joint Venture"). The Joint Venture between Amyris and Minerva will be focused on enhancing the sustainability of the Brazilian meat exporting market, which is the largest in the world. Minerva and Amyris will collaborate on the development, scale-up and production of new target molecules, which Minerva will fund and bring to market commercially. The new molecules will target several sustainability objectives, including improving and lowering the carbon intensity of producing animal protein; sustainable packaging; and fermentation-based, natural preservatives that facilitate the transport of meat around the world. Additionally, the parties expect to work on the production of fermentation-based protein as an alternative to animal-based protein. Relevant regulatory approvals have been attained for the development and scale-up of a vertical technology and commercialization platform that aims to transform the way protein is produced. The Joint Venture is expected to generate first license revenue for Amyris before the end of 2021 and deliver first commercial production of its initial targets in 2022. We are very pleased to partner with Amyris, the leader in synthetic biotechnology and the world's leading fermentation technology company. We have a strong track record of commercializing innovative technologies for producing animal protein and reducing carbon emissions. With Amyris' clean fermentation technology, we expect to lead the disruption of the animal protein industry and reduce our industry's carbon footprint." Fernando Galletti De Queiroz, Chief Executive Officer of Minerva We are excited to further expand the reach of our technology and manufacturing expertise through our partnership with Minerva Foods. We believe this collaboration will accelerate the commercialization of natural, sustainably produced molecules that are capable of transforming the production and supply chain of animal protein. We have a proven track record in biotechnology of developing and scaling molecules that are transforming several vertical markets. We are executing well and are on track for astrong fourth quarter." John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amyris

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SUSTAINABILITY

Sun Badger Solar Announces to Launch New Campaign with Habitat for Humanity as National Solar Partner

Sun Badger | November 13, 2020

Sun Badger Solar today declared a promise to making more sustainable, energy-effective affordable housing as Habitat for Humanity's most current public accomplice. To recognize the debut association, the solar force engineer dispatched a mission that organizes the associations' joint spotlight on building maintainable and sound networks. For each Sun Badger Solar framework introduced through Dec. 31, 2021, the organization will give $250 to Habitat for Humanity, ensuring at least $100,000 and no top level augmentation limit. Sun Badger Solar's gifts will uphold Habitat's worldwide work as the not-for-profit keeps on running after its vision of a reality where everybody has a good spot to live. "We started Sun Badger Solar to help build more sustainable communities and I can't think of a better partner than Habitat for Humanity to help bring that vision to life," said Kris Sipe, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Sun Badger Solar. "The two organizations share a common desire to make a difference, one home and one family at a time." "We're looking forward to our new partnership with Sun Badger Solar," said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships. "When we are able to make sustainable homes more accessible, we are not only nurturing the foundation for healthy environments, but also empowering healthier families." Sun Badger Solar administrations private and business solar force frameworks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida. Since 2018, Sun Badger Solar's group of authorized electrical contractual workers and solar specialists have helped a large number of family units become more energy effective. About Habitat for Humanity Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org. About Sun Badger Solar™ Sun BadgerTM Solar is a residential and commercial solar developer with operations in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Our focus is on educating our customers and being a valued resource as they consider the benefits of solar. We strive to provide the best customer service, quality installation with master-level electricians and the best products and warranties in the industry. Solar Reviews consistently rates us among the top installers in the communities we serve.

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