Capstone Infrastructure Corporation Announces Claresholm Solar Project Financing

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation | November 06, 2020

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation is pleased to announce a Claresholm Solar Project financing update. On July 9, 2020, Claresholm signed a credit agreement with ATB Financial, Fiera Infrastructure Private Debt Fund LP and Telus Pensions Liability Hedging Master Trust to provide up to $115 million of construction to term financing for the 132 MWac Claresholm Solar Project, located in the Municipal District of Willow Creek, Alberta. Along with our partner, Denmark-based Obton A/S (“Obton”), we are excited to announce that all the funding conditions have been met and construction is in full swing. “We greatly appreciate the efforts and support of our lenders at ATB, Fiera and Telus, who also share our strong belief in the project and the province of Alberta. The financing represents a major milestone in delivering this groundbreaking project, which, when complete, will be Canada’s largest solar facility.” Andrew Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer, Capstone.

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We did the math on the amount of power the most efficient solar panels of our time are able to produce annually in average environmental circumstances in the United States, and compared it to NM/ some fun & interesting uses of power. We calculated a single, tilted panel to produce 507 kWh annually. The unit of measurement used is the kilowatt hour (kWh), which is equivalent to the energy expended by 1,000 watts for one hour.


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Leviton Introduces New Smart Evr-Green Electric Vehicle Charging Station for Fast, DC Charging

Leviton | April 12, 2022

Leviton today announced the launch of the Evr-Green DC charging station, the latest expansion to its portfolio of electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment. Ideal for rest stops, retail locations and other commercial and public applications, the Evr-Green DC provides a smart solution for high-power direct current (DC) charging for the latest electric vehicles on the market. "This is a major launch for Leviton as we continue to broaden our electric vehicle supply equipment portfolio, As recent legislation continues to promote and invest in the industry, we are seeing more EVs on the road. The new Evr-Green charging station provides faster charging and allows people to get where they need to go without concern over duration between charges." -Michael Mattei, executive vice president and general manager of Leviton's commercial & industrial business unit. The Evr-Green DC station's self-contained AC to DC power conversion system provides EVs with direct DC power, which unlike AC charging stations, does not require the vehicle to convert power. According to the Alternate Fuels Data Center of the Department of Energy, DC charging stations can average 60-80 miles of range in only 20 minutes of charging, which is more efficient when compared to 2-20 miles of range per hour for an at home Level 1 AC station or more common Level 2 AC station. Built with CCS1 and CHAdeMO charge connectors, the Evr-Green DC allows the latest EV models to charge. An LCD screen on the front of the unit allows drivers to easily interact with instructions and information, making the stations easy to use. The new Evr-Green DC charging station also provides important benefits to station owners. Integrated with ChargePoint Networking Services, station owners can control access, set pricing, display advertising, monitor station status and generate energy usage reports, allowing them to optimize their stations and see a return on their investment. Leviton has partnered with ChargePoint, a market leader in EV charging, for over 11 years to provide customers with the latest most innovative charging solutions. The Evr-Green DC charging station can easily integrate with other Leviton electrical infrastructure solutions, including surge protection devices and safety disconnect switches. In addition to growing its EVSE product portfolio, Leviton has expanded its dedicated EV quality and support team, supporting customers with the application process, installation requirements, local codes, rebates & incentives and more.. About Leviton's Commercial and Industrial Products Leviton's comprehensive line of commercial and industrial-grade electrical wiring devices provide builders, contractors and specifiers with solutions engineered to withstand the most rigorous commercial environments and harshest industrial applications. Leviton manufacturers everything from commercial, industrial and hospital grade wiring devices, to surge protective devices, electric vehicle supply equipment, temporary power solutions, heavy duty motor starter switches, IEC and NEMA watertight rated devices and more. About Leviton Leviton is the smart choice, delivering the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 90 countries across the globe. From simple switches and receptacles to networking systems and smart home automation, Leviton exceeds market needs by delivering innovative products to create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, LED lighting and lighting energy management systems, and security and automation applications. For Leviton, it is clear the FUTURE IS ON.

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CATL launches CTP 3.0 battery "Qilin," achieves the highest integration level in the world

CATL | June 23, 2022

On June 23, CATL launched Qilin, the third generation of its CTP (cell-to-pack) technology. With a record-breaking volume utilization efficiency of 72% and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg, it achieves the highest integration level worldwide so far, capable of delivering a range of over 1,000 km in a breeze. Focusing on the very nature of electrochemistry, CATL continues its endeavor to push beyond the boundaries of innovations in system structure. In 2019, CATL launched the world's first module-less battery pack CTP, taking the lead in achieving a volume utilization efficiency of over 50%. Together with overall breakthroughs in the core process, algorithm and materials, CATL redefines battery structure design with "Qilin," which is named after a legendary creature in Chinese mythology. Function Integration. In the CTP 3.0 battery, the internal crossbeam, liquid-cooling plate and thermal pad have been integrated into a multifunctional elastic interlayer. It also features built-in micron bridges inside the interlayer, which flexibly accommodate the changes inside the cell, improving the battery reliability throughout its full life cycle. The integrated energy unit, which is composed of the cell and the multifunctional elastic interlayer, builds a more stable load bearing structure perpendicular to the driving direction, thus enhancing the shock and vibration resistance of the battery pack. Reshaping system structure. Powered by its precise computing and AI simulation capabilities, CATL explores the boundaries of battery design involving the battery's full life cycle application scenarios. The ingenious bottom sharing design allows the smart arrangement of various components including structural protection, high-voltage connection and a protective vent for thermal runaway, further increasing the battery capacity by 6%. Meanwhile, the CTP 3.0 battery satisfies the criteria of the battery safety tests required by national standards such as the bollard test. Disruptive Water Cooling Design . By placing liquid cooling functional parts between adjacent cells, the trailblazing large-surface cell cooling technology increases the heat transfer area by four times, cuts thermal control time in half, and supports a hot start in 5 minutes and fast charging in 10 minutes. It enables the cell to cool down rapidly in extreme circumstances, effectively preventing abnormal thermal conduction among cells. Moreover, it has achieved thermal stability and thermal safety for all chemical systems, making it compatible with materials with higher energy density. From the material, cell to system structure, the systematic engineering mindset runs through the whole chain of research and development in CATL. Supported by the above-mentioned technological innovations, the CTP 3.0 battery can increase the energy density to 255Wh/kg for ternary battery systems, and 160Wh/kg for LFP battery systems. With the same chemical system and the same pack size, it can deliver 13% more power than the 4680 battery, accomplishing an all-round improvement in range, fast-charging, safety, service life, efficiency and low-temperature performance. The CTP 3.0 batteries, or Qilin, are expected to be mass produced and come on the market in 2023. From simulated computing in the micro world to artful streamlining inside the battery structure, CATL remains focused on technological ingenuity and independent innovation, aiming to promote the overtaking of fossil fuel vehicles by electric ones.

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Pedego Owner Uses Platform to Give Back; Opens Pedego E-Bike Store in Atlanta With Philanthropic Commitment

Pedego Atlanta | May 20, 2022

Pedego Atlanta, is independently owned and operated by Kathy Woirol and offers a full range of e-bike sales, rentals, services, and accessories. Pedego Electric Bikes is an award-winning electric bike company with sixteen unique models and over 200 brick and mortar stores. Kathy Woirol was ready for a change and wanted to invest in something that would help her and the Atlanta community live a healthy lifestyle. Woirol found the perfect opportunity within Pedego to become a business owner, an entrepreneur and establish space in Atlanta, all in one. Since opening her store in 2021, she began to integrate herself and her Pedego store into the community. Pedego has found great success in their non-franchise retail model over the past 13 years, and continues to hit the throttle on opening physical stores. By offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to become independent store owners, Pedego separates its success from the rest and is set to open over one store a week across North America throughout 2022. Woirol has served her community by working with the organization Bearings Bike Works, a nonprofit that operates by focusing on four unique development skills programs, which teaches children ages 6-18 how to build and repair bicycles. Kids meet weekly and develop hard skills, soft skills, and character strengths that can impact and make a difference. These children have an opportunity to earn bikes through the program as well. Since learning about the mission of Bearings Bike Works, Woirol has sought to contribute to their efforts. Specifically, Woirol has helped Bearings Bike Works by donating a Pedego bike to be raffled off at their annual fundraiser. Woirol anticipates increasing her work with Bearings Bike Works and beyond - finding as many outlets as possible to fully integrate herself into the Atlanta community. "When I moved to Atlanta, I was ready to put down roots, and for me, a big part of that was to find opportunities to engage in the community, While getting up to speed on the biking market in Atlanta, I came across Bearings Bike Works and it seemed like a perfect fit! I love that they focus on kids, provide a safe place to hang out after school and best of all, empower kids to learn, build and earn a bike of their own. We've partnered on several events now, and I look forward to a continued relationship with Bearings. I hope one day to hire a Bearings "graduate" to work at Pedego Atlanta!" -Kathy Woirol, owner of Pedego Atlanta. Pedego Electric Bikes, Headquartered in Orange County, California, has built a brand on a complete line of class-leading electric bikes, from cruisers to fat tire trail bikes, an industry leading 5-year warranty and a network of locally-owned dealers available for customization and regular on-site servicing. Pedego Atlanta is close to many trails and is located on the Atlanta BeltLine, which is a 22-mile rails to trail system around the core of the city. The city also offers many paths and safe city biking lanes. About Pedego Atlanta Pedego Atlanta is located at 414 Bill Kennedy Way SE Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30316, and offers e-bikes for rental and purchase, as well as bike mechanic service and professional assembly to suit all Pedego e-biking needs. About Pedego® Electric Bikes Founded in 2008, Pedego® is the leading brand of electric bikes in North America. Pedego is famous for premium quality, five-star local service, and an industry leading five year warranty. A complete line of 19 electric bike models are available at over 200 locally-owned Pedego stores that offer sales, rentals, tours, accessories, and service.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Data Centers Can Support the Electric Grid in a Boost to Global Renewable Energy and Sustainability Initiatives, According to an Omdia Survey

Omdia | February 08, 2022

A ground-breaking survey by research group Omdia showed that within the next four years data center operators will deploy uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) which are able to interact with the electric grid and support essential energy-management initiatives. The use of renewable energy is growing on all fronts and is becoming the new normal in the data center industry. The integration of variable renewable energy resources into a more dynamic electric grid comes with new challenges and technical requirements. Data centers are in a unique position to increase the reliability of the electric grid by allowing access to a part of their backup power systems. Data center UPSs have evolved to attain high efficiency, smaller footprints, improved battery energy storage systems (ESS), and monitoring systems. Smart grid ready UPSs incorporate technologies that enable the equipment to sense and interact with the electric grid, helping data centers to become smarter about the amount and timing of energy consumption, contributing to the pursuit of a more sustainable data center. The integration of renewable energy into the smart electric grid can benefit from smart grid ready UPS, to smooth out the unpredictability of renewable resources, balancing energy supply and demand, and to reduce or defer electric grid infrastructure investment. Manufacturers like Eaton, Schneider Electric, and Vertiv are already offering UPSs with these capabilities.” Moises Levy, PhD, Principal Analyst and lead of Omdia’s data center power, cooling and sustainability research practice To capture all viewpoints of this critical subject, Omdia surveyed a combination of data center operators, engineering, architecture and consulting firms, as well as, utility companies, across North America, the Nordics, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and Australia. The nearly 380 respondents indicated that the top driver for adopting smart grid ready UPS is contributing to sustainability initiatives. This was followed by technology innovation pioneer, and reputation and competitive advantage. Importantly, the lion’s share* of respondents indicate they are confident that using smart grid ready UPS will not put their mission critical workloads at risk. Cloud service providers were pointed out as the vertical that is most likely to benefit from smart grid ready UPS by nearly half of the survey respondents. However, enterprises from all vertical industries are a part of the conversation as long as they operate a data center. From a regional perspective, the Nordics, and UK and Ireland are the two regions leading the number of UPS with capabilities to interact with the grid being deployed. About 80% of respondents estimated that 10-50% of the capacity of batteries in the data center today is excess and can be potentially used to support the electric grid. This would be a significant enabler to the integration of variable renewable energy sources into the electric grid. Most respondents indicated that solar and wind were the two microgrid applications which would most benefit from utilizing this technology. “The data center industry is the backbone of the digital economy and has enabled significant efficiencies in how we conduct business, communicate with one another, and develop innovative technologies. From this perspective the data centers are already a force for good which is making the world more sustainable. With emergence and proliferation of smart grid ready UPS technology data centers are enabling an even more sustainable world,” said Vlad Galabov, Research Director at Omdia’s Cloud and Data Center Research Practice. The Omdia Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) Intelligence Service covers comprehensive insights and forecast of the UPS hardware and services markets. Omdia’s UPS trackers continue to evolve and build on our existing, detailed database of the market. Using the reports clients can master with detailed data, trends, forecasts, and trusted insights. * 77% (very confident and confident), and 98% (including somewhat confident) About Omdia Omdia is a leading research and advisory group focused on the technology industry. With clients operating in over 120 countries, Omdia provides market-critical data, analysis, advice and custom consulting. Omdia was formed in 2020 following the merger of IHS Markit, Tractica, Ovum and Heavy Reading. Sitting at the heart of the Informa Tech portfolio, Omdia reaches over four million technology decision makers, influencers and practitioners that form part of the wider Informa Tech community and has specialist research practices focusing on Enterprise IT, AI, Internet of Things, Communications Service Providers, Cybersecurity, Components & Devices, Media & Entertainment and Government & Manufacturing.

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We did the math on the amount of power the most efficient solar panels of our time are able to produce annually in average environmental circumstances in the United States, and compared it to NM/ some fun & interesting uses of power. We calculated a single, tilted panel to produce 507 kWh annually. The unit of measurement used is the kilowatt hour (kWh), which is equivalent to the energy expended by 1,000 watts for one hour.

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