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Capstone Green Energy Secures Order for C1000S Microturbine for Industrial Dairy Plant in Colombia

businesswire | June 01, 2023 | Read time : 02:57 min

Capstone Green Energy Corporation , a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solutions, announced today that Supernova Energy Services SAS, its authorized Distributor in Colombia, has secured an order for a C1000 Signature Series microturbine. The system will be operated at an industrial dairy alongside an Alfa Laval steam boiler evaporator, producing 6,200 lbs. of steam per hour. Alfa Laval AB is a Swedish company founded in 1883, providing specialized heat recovery products, and is a Capstone Green Energy approved Network Partner for heat recovery systems. It is expected to be commissioned in October 2023.

“For operations like a dairy where any loss of power can result in product waste, the reliability of a Capstone microturbine makes it a natural choice. This is particularly true in locations where electricity from the grid is relatively unreliable. Confidence in Capstone’s reliability combined with the turbine’s low maintenance requirements and compatibility with other technologies, like the steam boiler being used here, continue to prove the value of Capstone’s modular design and engineering as well as its versatility for use in multiple industries,” said Capstone Green Energy President and Chief Executive Officer, Darren Jamison.

The Capstone powered energy system will run on high-pressure natural gas (HPNG) to provide power for the dairy’s pasteurization operations. The Alfa Laval boiler will provide steam for the entire plant. Reliability was the top reason the customer selected Capstone, but they indicated that minimal maintenance needs and low emissions were also factors in their decision. The microturbine and steam boiler combination will replace the grid-sourced electricity and a natural gas boiler that the dairy is currently using to run its operations. This is the first dairy that Supernova has worked with in Colombia and the first to use steam rather than absorption chillers in its processes.

“Working with a customer who is willing to take a different approach to powering their operations is exciting. Once we knew that reliability was their top priority, the Capstone microturbine was the obvious choice. By combining the Capstone turbine with the Alfa Laval steam boiler, this customer has found an innovative solution that will give them more operational predictability and reduce product waste,” said Nestor Moseres, President of Supernova Energy Services SAS.

About Capstone Green Energy

Capstone Green Energy is a leading provider of customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Capstone Green Energy focuses on four key business lines. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, it offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Generation Technologies (EGT) are driven by the Company's industry-leading, highly efficient, low-emission, resilient microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen & Sustainable Products (H2S), Capstone Green Energy offers customers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.


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Urgent action must be taken to accelerate Australia’s progress towards 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Solar photovoltaics (PV) will be one of the most important technologies to achieve decarbonisation of the global energy system, however, a step change in costs is needed to unlock its full potential.

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Nextracker and Asteelflash/USI Open New Electronics Manufacturing Line for U.S. Solar Power Plants

Businesswire | August 11, 2023

Nextracker Inc. (NXT), a global market leader of solar trackers and Asteelflash/USI, a high-end global electronics component manufacturer, today announced the grand opening of Asteelflash’s U.S. manufacturing line for Nextracker. Asteelflash has expanded its capability to include dedicated production of Nextracker’s patented self-powered controller (SPC) and high voltage power supply. Key components of the Nextracker controller include printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), battery integration, and other essential components used in the company’s solar tracking technology deployed globally. The manufacturing line is housed in a 197,000 square foot facility in Fremont, CA, and represents a multi-million-dollar joint investment in this first phase, creating new jobs and boosting local economic growth. Nextracker controllers are the “brain” and power supply enabling precision control of the company’s tracker systems such as NX Horizon™, the company’s flagship product for large-scale solar power plants. Nextracker’s SPCs are highly reliable over a wide range of conditions and powered by a battery, allowing the trackers to still function even if grid power is down. "We are excited to announce our commitment to procuring Nextracker’s U.S.-made trackers as part of Clearway's broader domestic content strategy and pleased to see the heart of their robust tracker technology, the self-powered controllers, be manufactured here in California,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway who recently announced a two-gigawatt volume commitment agreement with Nextracker. “With Nextracker’s precise control over tracker row angles and rapid stowing capabilities in extreme weather conditions, our growing fleet will set new standards of module protection and help ensure the reliability and resilience of the solar industry." "We are delighted to be supply partners for Nextracker's U.S. self-powered controller line," said Matt Behringer, USI Corp. VP and AFG EVP. "Asteelflash/USI fully embraces Nextracker's principles, advocating for a future built on clean economy ideals and creating local jobs by producing essential components like PCBAs which play a crucial role in our daily lives. All these components are proudly manufactured right here in the heart of Silicon Valley." “Nextracker is thrilled to work with Asteelflash/USI as we continue to put in place the domestic manufacturing capacity we need to serve the rapidly growing solar market,” said Dan Shugar, CEO and founder of Nextracker. “Our expanding product manufacturing footprint is bringing new jobs throughout the country and enables us to better serve customers. We are pleased to add California to our production capability, with Silicon Valley having some of the best tech talent in the world.” With these newly dedicated mechanical assembly production lines, Nextracker is further building out its supply capacity for domestic demand as well as for export, having opened over 10 new U.S. production facilities in the past year with its suppliers. In 2022, the company publicly inaugurated four new steel fabrication lines in Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. In May of this year, Nextracker announced another steel tracker factory in Tennessee. Nextracker and Asteelflash/USI held a dedication event to announce the facility. At the event, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Chair of the California Energy Commission David Hochschild, Craig Cornelius of Clearway Energy, Becky Cranna of Cypress Creek Renewables, and Frank Macchiarola of the American Clean Power Association (ACP) spoke about the positive impact of clean energy and job creation. According to the American Clean Power Association, clean energy currently makes up 15% of U.S. electricity and more money was invested into utility-scale clean energy projects and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. between last August and this March than the total investment into clean power projects between 2017 and 2021. Wood Mackenzie reports that the U.S. solar industry just had its best first quarter in history and is expected to triple in size over the next five years. About Nextracker Nextracker is a leading provider of intelligent, integrated solar tracker and software solutions used in utility-scale and distributed generation solar projects around the world. Our products enable solar panels in utility-scale power plants to follow the sun’s movement across the sky and optimize plant performance. With an operating fleet in over thirty countries, Nextracker leads the solar industry with solar tracker technologies that increase energy production while reducing costs for significant plant ROI. About Asteelflash/USI Asteelflash is a global leader in Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Supply-Chain Management solutions, and a member of USI (SSE: 601231), Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., with total 28 manufacturing sites across 11 counties and five design centers and one mechatronics factory, more than 24,000 employees worldwide. Asteelflash/USI engages in data computing, consumer, aerospace, automotive, industrial, medical, and energy management industries. They offer comprehensive solutions of module, Printed-Circuit Boards Assembly (PCBA), system Assembly, Testing, and Fulfillment. About Clearway Energy Group Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate more than eight gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 6.9 gigawatts of operating wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 10.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today.

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ADS-TEC Energy and the Charging Solution Provider eliso Sign a Strategic Partnership for Ultra-Fast Charging Systems

Businesswire | August 16, 2023

ADS-TEC Energy a leading international manufacturer of battery storage-based platform solutions, is entering into a partnership with charging solutions provider eliso: the company plans, installs and operates charging stations for e-vehicles for companies, commercial and residential properties. eliso is first planning to install the ChargeBox and ChargePost ultra-fast charging systems in the public car parks of specialist electrical stores in Germany this year. With this long-term cooperation, eliso is focusing on modern charging technology: ADS-TEC Energy's battery-buffered ultra-fast charging solutions enable ultra-fast charging in minutes and with up to 320 kW even at power-limited grid connections in city centers or rural areas. Public ultra-fast charging solutions Together with location partners such as Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport and EURONICS, eliso is building a large fast-charging network. ADS-TEC Energy's charging solutions and integrated energy storage systems make it possible to balance the supply and demand of electricity from renewable sources in real time, because they can temporarily store electricity from one's own photovoltaic system to help stabilize the grid. ADS-TEC Energy's latest model, ChargePost, is a battery-buffered ultra-fast charging system that combines two battery-buffered charging columns complete with charging electronics and battery storage and two optional 75-inch monitors that can be used as ultra-HD advertising surfaces. ChargePost combines the highest charging performance with up to 300 kW DC power and the highest storage capacity with the smallest possible footprint and is an exceptional addition to eliso’s charging infrastructure portfolio and in line with its strategic direction. “The partnership with ADS-TEC Energy is an important step in our plan to build a public fast charging network,” said Johannes Brodführer, Managing Director of eliso GmbH. “Our goal is to make it easy to integrate charging an e-car into everyday life. This only works if the stations of public charging parks function reliably and enable fast charging. The battery storage at the charging stations from ADS-TEC Energy allow High Power Charging at locations with low connection power." In addition to the ChargePost, the battery storage-based ultra-fast charging solution ChargeBox opens up further possibilities when planning an individual charging infrastructure and is particularly flexible when it comes to integration into existing architectures. The battery unit and all charging technology is located in a cube with the smallest footprint (1.6 square meters/17 square feet), while the charging points (dispensers) can be flexibly positioned within a radius of 100 meters (328 feet) - even indoors. The slim columns have a particularly high-quality design and are completely silent, even during a charging process with maximum power. The ChargeBox charges continuously from the available distribution grid and boosts the charging power up to 320 kW at one charging point - or 2x 160 kW for two parallel charging processes. “We are pleased that in partnership with eliso we can continue to significantly advance the expansion of the fast-charging infrastructure in Germany, particularly in inner cities, and we see great potential in this cooperation," said Thomas Speidel, CEO, ADS-TEC Energy. "Our storage-based platform solutions are simple and quick to install, without additional grid expansion. They offer outstanding charging performance, allowing e-vehicles to charge up to a range of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) in just a few minutes. Integrating the charging process into users' everyday lives, for example when shopping, will increase the acceptance of e-mobility." About ADS-TEC Energy ADS-TEC Energy plc, a public limited company incorporated in Ireland and publicly listed on NASDAQ serves as a holding company for ads-tec Energy GmbH, our operating company incorporated in Germany and ads-tec Energy Inc., a US subsidiary of ads-tec Energy GmbH. Based on more than ten years of experience with lithium-ion technologies, ADS-TEC Energy develops and manufactures battery storage solutions and fast charging systems including their energy management systems. Its battery-based, fast charging technology enables electric vehicles to ultrafast charge even on low powered grids and features a very compact design. It was most recently nominated by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for the German Future Prize and elevated to the "Circle of Excellence" in 2022. The high quality and functionality of the battery systems are due to a particularly high depth of development and in-house production. With its advanced system platforms, ADS-TEC Energy is a valuable partner for automotive, OEMs, utility companies and charge-operators. About eliso Founded back in 2016, eliso is a specialist for charging infrastructure who plans, installs, and operates charging stations for the electric car drivers of today and tomorrow. With holistic and future-proof solutions, eliso accelerates the expansion of charging infrastructure in areas where electric car drivers spend time – for example at employee and customer parking lots, or along the highway. At public locations, eliso invests in fast-charging stations to operate them over the long term and make them available to all electric cars, regardless the manufacturer. From the very beginning, eliso’s mission is to work on the electromobile future every day and to create structures for sustainable mobility. Since 2022, eliso has been part of VINCI Concessions, one of Europe's leading mobility infrastructure operators.

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Li-Cycle and EVE Energy Launch Battery Recycling Collaboration

businesswire | July 14, 2023

Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. a leading global lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, and EVE Energy Co., Ltd. (“EVE” or “EVE Energy”), a leading lithium-ion battery technology company, are pleased to announce that they have signed a memorandum or understanding (“MOU”) to collaborate and explore lithium-ion battery recycling solutions for EVE battery materials. The MOU includes a framework to explore global sustainable recycling solutions for EVE lithium-ion battery materials in the North American market, as well as battery manufacturing scrap generated at EVE’s planned lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and Hungary. The collaboration is also expected to support EVE’s environmental goals through a closed-loop supply solution and continue to support the global movement towards electrification. EVE is one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, with global manufacturing facilities and customers that include global automakers. “EVE Energy places great importance on expanding our presence in global markets,” said Mr. Jianhua Liu, co-founder and CEO of EVE Energy. “To better serve our international customers, we are going to construct green battery factories in Europe and Southeast Asia. To achieve this goal, we are implementing strategic initiatives such as industry chain integration, team internationalization, and the application of international operational models. We are pleased to partner with Li-Cycle to discuss the establishment of a high environmental standard battery recycling system to support sustainable development.” “We are excited to collaborate with EVE, a proven global leader in lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing, to provide a sustainable resource recovery solution for lithium-ion battery products and manufacturing scrap,” said Tim Johnston, co-founder and Executive Chair of Li-Cycle. “Li-Cycle continues to scale as the world’s preferred recycling partner and the MOU demonstrates how EVE recognizes our capabilities in delivering world-class lithium-ion battery recycling solutions with high efficiency, low emissions, and minimal waste generation to support a sustainable lithium-ion battery ecosystem. Li-Cycle continues to expand our business strategically and flexibly in line with our growing global customer base.” In addition to its large lithium-ion battery manufacturing footprint in Asia, EVE has announced plans to build its first European battery manufacturing facility in Hungary, which is expected to supply a major global automaker for the production of electric vehicles (“EVs”). EVE has also announced plans to build a lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facility in Malaysia. Li-Cycle’s patented Spoke & Hub Technologies™ enables a safe and environmentally friendly way to recycle lithium-ion batteries and battery manufacturing scrap and recover key battery-grade materials, including lithium, nickel and cobalt. Li-Cycle’s overall process includes an efficient environmental footprint, minimal direct greenhouse gas emissions, and minimal wastewater discharge, which helps position Li-Cycle’s innovative technologies as a strong recycling solution for EVE’s battery cell manufacturing capabilities. About Li-Cycle Holdings Corp Li-Cycle is on a mission to leverage its innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies™ to provide a customer-centric, end-of-life solution for lithium-ion batteries, while creating a secondary supply of battery-grade materials. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are increasingly powering our world in automotive, energy storage, consumer electronics, and other industrial and household applications. The world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better manage battery manufacturing waste and end-of-life batteries and to meet the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade raw materials through a closed-loop solution. For more information, visit About EVE Energy Founded in 2001 and listed in Shenzhen in 2009, EVE Energy has developed into a global player in the market, providing core technologies and comprehensive solutions for both consumer and power batteries, especially in the Internet of Things and the energy internet. Currently, EVE Energy has set up a research institute with 60 doctors and over 4,100 interdisciplinary R&D engineers in materials, electrochemistry, structure design, and electronic circuit design, obtained over 5,900 national patents in China. The company launched a carbon reduction roadmap with a series of low-carbon reduction efforts in energy use, the manufacturing process, the supply chain, and resource management, and was named a "National Green Factory."

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