DECK 7 | January 13, 2020

DECK 7 is proud to present an exciting interview with the Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist at Terminus, Sangram Vajre. He is an author, keynote speaker, 3x CMO, host of the daily #FlipMyFunnel podcast, entrepreneur and category maker. Sangram has been a driving force behind the success of Terminus and building the ABM subcategory of marketing technology. Before co-founding Terminus, Sangram was Head of Marketing at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. A contributing columnist for Inc., he wrote the book, "Account-Based Marketing For Dummies" and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel, a B2B podcast series that has now over 500 episodes and continues to rate in the top 50 business podcasts.


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Heliogen Awarded Exclusive Right to Lease Brenda Solar Energy Zone for Green Hydrogen Production

Heliogen | February 09, 2022

Heliogen, Inc., a leading provider of AI-enabled concentrated solar energy, announced that the United States Bureau of Land Management has awarded the Company the exclusive right to lease land in the Brenda Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). Heliogen intends to develop a green hydrogen facility on the Brenda site, capable of producing approximately 20,000 metric tonnes of hydrogen per year. The Brenda SEZ is situated on 3,343 acres of land in La Paz County, Arizona on the California border. The site has direct access to Interstate 10 for distribution of hydrogen to nearby natural gas pipelines for blending and transport, as well as to the Phoenix metropolitan area and the Port of Los Angeles for domestic and international shipping. The Brenda SEZ is an ideal location for commercial-scale green hydrogen production due to the ample local water supply and its close proximity to potential offtake partners and key distribution channels. We look forward to providing updates on our plans to develop the facility and will leverage our proprietary, AI-enabled concentrated solar power technology to produce cost-effective green hydrogen. We are grateful to the Bureau of Land Management for their support and clarity throughout the process and are looking forward to continuing our work together.” Bill Gross, Chief Executive Officer of Heliogen As previously announced, Heliogen and Bloom Energy successfully generated green hydrogen by integrating the companies’ technologies – Heliogen’s concentrated solar energy system and Bloom Energy’s Electrolyzer. The successful hydrogen production demonstration in Lancaster, California, completed in November 2021, showcased the many benefits of combining the companies’ complementary green power and hydrogen production technologies. Heliogen’s AI-enabled concentrated solar energy system is designed to create non-intermittent, carbon-free steam, electricity, and heat from sunlight. When combined with Bloom Energy’s proprietary solid oxide, high-temperature electrolyzer, hydrogen can be produced 45 percent more efficiently than with low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and alkaline electrolyzers. Electricity accounts for nearly 80 percent of the cost of hydrogen produced from electrolysis, and by using less electricity, hydrogen production is more economical, accelerating its adoption. In addition, the ability to use heat, which is a much lower cost source of energy than electricity, further improves the economics of green hydrogen production. Project development is one of the many ways Heliogen can support customers looking to deploy its novel solar technology. Heliogen leverages its in-house expertise, led by Chief Commercial Officer Tom Doyle, to develop project sites on behalf of customers who take an owner/operator role. About Heliogen Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on eliminating the need for fossil fuels in heavy industry and powering a sustainable future. The company’s AI-enabled, modular concentrated solar technology aims to cost-effectively deliver near 24/7 carbon-free energy in the form of heat, power, or green hydrogen fuel at scale – for the first time in history. Heliogen was created at Idealab, the leading technology incubator founded by Bill Gross in 1996.

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Panel Discussion on the International Solar Alliance and the Quest for Clean Energy

Global Strat View | February 07, 2022

Global Strat View hosted a panel discussion on the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Quest for Clean Energy on February 4, 2022, at the National Press Club. Moderated by Kostis Geropoulos, Energy Editor at New Europe, the panelists included Jagjeet Sareen, Assistant Director General of ISA; Llewellyn King, founder of the Energy Daily; and Neelima Jain, Deputy Director & Senior Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S. India Policy Studies, CSIS. If you add up all the net zero commitments made by countries in Glasgow, solar technology applications provide more than 50 percent of the solution. And if you add hydrogen to it, if you add storage, heating and cooling, the offering of solar as a solution goes about 65 percent. It's well established among among the top leaders, thinkers, modelers, industry people who are doing forecasting that we need to harness solar technology in a much bigger way to solve the energy transition problem if we are really serious about this.” Jagjeet Sareen, Assistant Director General of ISA "India has been punching above its weight as part of the additional renewable energy capacity system, despite continuing to balance the development and social needs of a large and complex developing nation. The installed capacity of renewable energy overall has increased to about 220 plus percent in the last four years, and solar power capacity alone has increased more than 11 fold in the last five years," said Neelima Jain. "Solar electricity from photovoltaic cells is cheap. We know how to make it. We know how to deploy it. We need to find out how to move it around quickly and cheaply and how to store it. It is one of the great benefits for mankind, and it is definitely a huge benefit in fighting carbon in the atmosphere," said Llewellyn King. The ISA was founded by India and France to mobilize efforts against climate change through deployment of solar energy solutions. It was conceptualized on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in 2015. India hosted the Founding Conference of the ISA in 2018, and the ISA Secretariat was established in New Delhi. 40 % of India's total installed electricity capacity today is non-fossil based.

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Branch Energy and ENGIE Energy Marketing Announce $40M Wholesale Power Supply Facility Agreement

Branch Energy | January 13, 2022

Branch Energy, a technology-focused green energy provider, and ENGIE Energy Marketing, NA, Inc, a subsidiary of ENGIE S.A., announced a $40M strategic non-dilutive wholesale power supply facility. The agreement will provide Branch Energy with access to U.S. wholesale energy markets and working capital, as well as the ability to leverage ENGIE Energy Marketing's extensive renewable energy platform. Branch Energy both sells electricity with an easy-to-use platform and leverages data and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine which smart devices will help reduce a consumer's energy bill the most and helps to coordinate the installation and financing of the devices. This combination of green energy and energy-monitoring smart devices not only saves consumers money but also reduces their carbon footprint. ENGIE has one of the fastest growing portfolios of renewable generation assets in North America which makes it the perfect partner to help us grow. We are thrilled with the far-reaching impact this will allow Branch to have." Daniel MacDonald, Branch Energy President Earlier this year, Branch Energy launched its first market in Texas. The new facility will enable the company to accelerate its growth in the state and to expand into markets across North America. "ENGIE has made some of the most aggressive commitments in the industry to cutting carbon emissions and expanding renewable generation," said Ken Robinson, ENGIE Energy Marketing President. "Partnering with retailers who have committed to 100% carbon-free power is directly aligned with these commitments, and we are delighted to be partnering with Branch Energy." About ENGIE Our group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Together with our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose ("raison d'être"), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers. Turnover in 2020: 55.8 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and nonfinancial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe, Euronext Vigeo Eiris - Eurozone 120/ Europe 120/ France 20, MSCI EMU ESG, MSCI Europe ESG, Stoxx Europe 600 ESG, and Stoxx Global 1800 ESG). About Branch Energy Branch Energy is a green energy provider dedicated to helping consumers lower their monthly bills and carbon footprint through the use of smart technology. Through data analysis and the use of AI, the company pinpoints which smart devices will offer the most help to reduce a consumer's bill, and then helps them finance and install those devices.

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XCMG Pushes for Carbon Neutrality within Its Operating Boundaries by 2049

XCMG | February 22, 2022

XCMG releases a program of action (PoA) for peak carbon and carbon neutrality, detailing planning, implementation and actual safeguard measures of sustainable transformation paths — including low-carbon transformation of energy consumption structure, green and intelligent manufacturing integration and upgrade, emissions reduction with supply chain alliance and digitalized, intelligent advancement. The PoA also specifies XCMG's short-, mid- and long-term targets in achieving "dual carbon" goals, that by 2035, power generated from renewable energies will account for 50 percent of XCMG's total electricity use, product penetration of new energy products will thrive to exceed 35 percent, and the carbon footprint of key products including excavators and cranes will be reduced by 32 percent compared to 2020. The action plan for 'dual carbon' goals aims to establish a uniform and precise approach in terms of strategy to help XCMG in building a green value chain with innovation-enabled, low-carbon intelligent construction machinery solutions achieved through technology, manufacturing, service and operation management, and we're committed to making great contributions to the sustainable development of society." Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG The PoA elaborated on XCMG's long-term vision of going green and low-carbon and key missions that are already carried out actively to explore engineering technologies in the hope of creating net-zero carbon values for global construction: New energy, low-carbon technologies and products: XCMG has developed more than 50 items of green, energy-saving core technologies, building production clusters of new energy and low-carbon products as well as pilot unmanned, intelligent application scenarios. Green and intelligent manufacturing: XCMG has three green factory demonstration companies accredited by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of People's Republic of China and one green supply chain demonstration company, XCMG Hosting Machinery is the industry's first company to pass the level-4 certification of intelligent manufacturing capability maturity. XCMG also took the lead in establishing two green design product standards. Green supply chain: continues to promote energy conservation, emission reduction, recycling, green and low-carbon management throughout the supply chain, paying more attention to product life, energy consumption, hazardous substances and abandonment management. XCMG has recycled over 10,000 packaging materials in the recent two years. Reducing energy consumption and emissions: XCMG has built a smart, full lifecycle energy management system. In 2020, the company's energy consumption per 10,000 yuan of output value has been reduced by 29.3 percent compared to data from 2015. The construction of centralized collection and treatment facilities for fumes and dust is covering all of the welding areas, and the company has invested over US$47.4 million to reinforce VOC emissions in coating over the past three years. Short term, XCMG aims to reduce comprehensive energy consumption per unit by 15 percent and carbon emission by 26 percent by the end of 2025, compared with 2020. By 2027, XCMG aims to reach peak carbon within its operation boundaries and lower comprehensive energy consumption per unit by 18 percent and carbon emission per unit output by 31 percent compared to 2020. Total energy consumption wise, XCMG expects to grow self-generating photovoltaic power and wind power seven-fold, and market penetration of new energy products will reach 25 percent. In the long term, XCMG strives to be carbon neutral within its operation boundaries by 2049, promoting emission reduction of upstream and downstream enterprises across the industry chain and establishing a low-carbon, clean, safe and efficient green energy system with internationally advanced energy utilization efficiency.

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