Nodal and IncubEx to Expand Environmental Markets with Seven New Renewable Contracts

Nodal | October 30, 2020

Nodal Exchange and IncubEx today announced the upcoming launch of seven new Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) futures and options on November 17, 2020. Nodal also will add option contracts on Texas Compliance Renewable Energy Certificates from CRS Listed Facilities (front-half and back-half), complementing the corresponding futures contracts listed in December 2019. Since launch, more than 14,000 Texas CRS Listed Wind futures contracts have traded, representing 14 million MWh of wind energy (enough power to serve about 1.3 million homes for a year).

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PPL joins EPRI Climate READi initiative to address power system resilience and adaptation

PPL Corporation | June 02, 2022

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) today announced it has joined Climate READi, a three-year initiative launched by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to address energy system climate resilience and adaptation as extreme weather events continue to increase. "As we strive to address climate change and achieve a net-zero future, we've made significant progress in hardening our systems and deploying smart grid technology to make our energy networks more resilient to severe weather that may become more frequent with climate change," - Gregory Dudkin, chief operating officer of PPL Corporation. Across its Pennsylvania and Kentucky operating companies, PPL has invested more than $20 billion over the past decade on infrastructure improvements, much of that focused on incorporating new technology and hardening transmission and distribution systems. These improvements have reduced the number of outages our customers experience by an average of 35% over the past decade despite recent increases in storm activity and severity. As PPL expands its operations to Rhode Island with the recent acquisition of The Narragansett Electric Company, now Rhode Island Energy, the corporation is focused on replicating this success. Climate READi will enable global energy companies, climate scientists, regulators and other stakeholders to proactively analyze and apply climate data, allowing for the planning, design and operation of resilient energy systems of the future. EPRI's collaborative model will convene the global thought leaders and scientific researchers necessary to build an informed and consistent approach. PPL is one of 13 anchor companies that have joined the initiative. About PPL Corporation PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL), based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a leading U.S. energy company focused on providing electricity and natural gas safely, reliably and affordably to 3.5 million customers in the U.S. PPL's high-performing, award-winning utilities are addressing energy challenges head-on by building smarter, more resilient and more dynamic power grids and advancing sustainable energy solutions.

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KSS Acquires LIONEX Technology, Launches proprietary Li-PROTM Solution

Koch Separation Solutions | June 27, 2022

Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) announced the acquisition of LIONEX technology from Chemionex Inc. The acquisition serves as the foundation for the launch of their Li-PRO™ process featuring a proprietary global solution for Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE). "The launch of the Li-PRO process, coupled with the broader EPC capabilities of our parent, Koch Engineered Solutions, will deliver complete end-to-end solutions for DLE customers, The innovative and patent-pending aspects of the Li-PRO solution will be synergistic with KSS' world-class capabilities in ion exchange and sorptive technologies, membrane filtration, and thermal separations. This combination will deliver superior lithium recovery and purity, chemical consumption, water efficiency, and simplified system configurations, optimizing CAPEX and OPEX to lithium producers" - Manny Singh, President of KSS. The Li-PRO™ process is an optimized DLE process configuration combining specialized lithium selective extraction media and leading KSS equipment including robust PURON® membrane-based pretreatment, Recoflo® packed bed lithium extraction, Recoflo softening, and high-recovery reverse osmosis (RO) concentration operations to generate a purified lithium chloride solution. The solution is geared towards customers seeking an optimized solution to developing lithium battery materials to keep up with the growing demand for lithium batteries, primarily in electric vehicles. KSS will offer the Li-PRO process as a complete offering or as standalone separation processes, depending on customers' unique needs. Their team will initially engage developers in a piloting phase to refine the process design of each step, and work collaboratively to implement small to large-scale operations at optimized performance specifications. About Koch Separation Solutions Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) is transforming the landscape of separations by leveraging synergistic technology such as membrane filtration, ion exchange, evaporation, and drying. With over half a century worth of experience, KSS offers solutions for the most demanding applications across food and beverage, life science, and general industrial markets. KSS aims to create more value to their customers around the world by offering complete solutions to recover high-value product, eliminate waste, reduce footprint, increase productivity, and lower costs.

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Volvo Energy invests in Connected Energy for second life battery business

Volvo Energy | June 17, 2022

Volvo Energy invests in the UK-based, second-life battery energy storage specialist Connected Energy in order to further accelerate Volvo Group's battery business and sustainability opportunities. In its mission to support and secure an attractive and sustainable circular business model for batteries, Volvo Energy is investing approx. SEK 50 M for 10 percent in the UK-based second-life battery energy storage specialist Connected Energy. "There is a great deal of untapped potential in the second-life use of batteries. This forward-leaning investment aims to facilitate the scaling-up of second-life battery energy storage systems and further secure circular business opportunities for the forthcoming ramp-up in Volvo Group's second-life battery returns, Together with Connected Energy, we will minimize the environmental impact of the batteries that has powered Volvo Group vehicles. By repurposing the batteries, we obtain the full value from them – from a climate, environment and business perspective." -Joachim Rosenberg, President Volvo Energy. "We couldn't be more pleased to welcome our new investor Volvo Energy on board and look forward to forging a path to increasing the sustainability of both electric vehicles and grid connected energy storage. Our collaboration will enable us to optimize the potential for battery reusage and ensure that the resources in the batteries are used effectively," - Matthew Lumsden, CEO Connected Energy. Volvo Energy is one of five new investors including Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., the Hinduja Group, Mercuria, OurCrowd to join existing investors of Connected Energy; Engie New Ventures, Macquarie, and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund. Facts Volvo Energy Volvo Energy is a business area within the Volvo Group dedicated to providing essential support and infrastructure during the first-life, i.e. when batteries are mounted on vehicles, whilst subsequently securing reliable and sustainable second-life opportunities prior to battery recycling. Consequently, Volvo Energy supports to optimize first-life, creates and prolongs the second-life opportunities and thereby expanding the value creation from a climate, environment and business perspective. Facts Connected Energy With its headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, Technical Centre in Norfolk and systems operational in the UK, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands, Connected Energy is one of only a handful of companies in the world to have proven that second life vehicle batteries can be used in commercial battery storage systems. Connected Energy has sixteen operational systems across Europe: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK with its largest at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England.

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ADO ebike Laboratory has been certified as "QTL Laboratory" by SGS

A DECE OASIS(ADO) | May 31, 2022

On May 27th, A DECE OASIS(ADO) ebike laboratory passed the internationally recognized organization SGS qualification as "QTL laboratory" certification! This is undoubtedly a breakthrough achievement and this is a new chapter for ADO right after the 1st anniversary ceremony. The laboratory is about 3,300 square meters located in south of Huizhou, with a total investment of 15 million RMB .The ADO Laboratory is committed to research new technology for building a better electric bike, also incubating leading innovative products. However, SGS advanced testing technology would definitely benefit on upgrades the quality of products, enhance the product research ability, and technological innovation ability in the electric bike industry as well . This certification is a recognized benchmark for quality and integrity. It provides comprehensive testing in accordance with EU, Canadian and other standards and issues widely recognized authoritative testing reports. It is the only leading brand designated by many notaries. ADO's DECE series products have passed SGS CE certification. However, the ADO laboratory has already met the SGS facility requirements and has many advanced testing instruments that can handle testing items such as comprehensive support for new product testing, component testing, electrical system safety assessment, and mechanical fatigue testing. It will cover functional testing of product, mechanical, material, strength properties, etc. As of today, ADO has more than 16 patents and 6 software copyrights, and developed the ADO G-Drive dual-mode control system, forming a differentiated competitive advantage in product performance. Now, with the support of SGS, CE certification and QTL laboratory certific ation, it means that ADO has an international leading edge in product quality and specifications. ADO always puts users first, insists on product quality and service, and is committed to building an ebike community with full of love and growth. With the strategic goal of building a global brand of technological innovation in the pedelec vertical industry, the dream has come true and become a global trustworthy brand from China as "Crescent Moon Spring".

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