Tesla, PG&E get Approval for Proposed 1.1 GW Storage Facility in California

SaurEnergy | March 02, 2020

Tesla has received the approval from the local authorities to build its massive 1.1 GWh Megapack battery energy storage system facility in California. Electric Vehicle major Tesla has received approval from the local authorities to build its massive 1.1 GWh Megapack battery energy storage system facility, which is backed by PG&E, in California. Earlier this week the Monterey County Planning Commission unanimously approved the Pacific Gas and Electric-backed project, which will be known as the Elkhorn Battery Storage Facility and will involve both solar and wind energy. The project’s unanimous approval will allow Tesla and PG&E to work together to build a system capable of storing wind and solar power that will, in turn, be used during periods of high-energy usage.

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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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Panasonic Joins Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA)

Panasonic | April 22, 2022

Panasonic, a global leader in EV battery manufacturing, has joined the Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) as part of its expanded focus on clean energy initiatives, and to help advance its environmental sustainability goals in North America and around the world. As an energy customer member of CEBA, Panasonic aligns with the global alliance of peer companies, energy developers and service providers seeking to unlock the marketplace for energy customers and lead a rapid transition to a carbon-free energy future. "Panasonic has long been a leader in clean energy technology and manufacturing, including in solar and battery storage, but we must also do our part to mitigate the impacts of our internal carbon emissions, We look forward to becoming more involved in the CEBA member community and collaborating to promote and adopt innovative solutions to effectively deal with the climate crisis." -Megan Myungwon Lee, Chairman and CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America. "Panasonic is proud to join CEBA, as we work to incorporate renewables, energy efficiency, and other innovative tools to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, We look forward to leveraging CEBA's expertise as we continue on our journey to reach our 2030 and 2050 decarbonization goals." -Jeff Werner, Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs, Panasonic Corporation of North America. On April 1st, Panasonic announced its GREEN IMPACT corporate initiative, aiming to create a global impact that reduces CO2 emissions by more than 300 million tons¹, or approximately 1% of the current total global emissions of 33 billion tons², by 2050. Focusing on four goals in the long-term environmental vision, Panasonic looks to reduce emissions in the value chain including lighting, air conditioning and ventilation; avoid emissions for customers in existing business areas like automotive batteries, supply chain software and air quality; develop new technologies and solutions like hydrogen devices; and use 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. As member of CEBA, Panasonic gains admission to numerous assets to support its environmental sustainability journey including education materials for all members of the company, collaboration on innovative solutions, exclusive events, and the opportunity to share and amplify the company's market leadership across the industry. About CEBA The Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) – a 501(c)(6) trade association – activates a community of nearly 300 members – representing more than $7 trillion in annual revenues and 14 million employees – to deploy solutions for a carbon-free energy system. Most members are institutional energy customers of every type and size and their partners, including energy providers, energy procurement intermediaries, climate and energy NGOs, and industry leading institutions. About Panasonic Corporation of North America Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading provider of Consumer Lifestyle technologies, as well as innovative Smart Mobility, Sustainable Energy, Immersive Experiences, and Integrated Supply Chain solutions for its business and government clients. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Holdings Corporation. One of Interbrand's Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2021, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region.

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GP JOULE Breaks Ground on Concord Pacific 106-MW Solar Portfolio in Alberta

GP JOULE North America | April 29, 2021

GP JOULE North America, a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH and a leader in utility-scale solar Engineering, Procurement and Construction, with proprietary racking solutions, has broken ground on a 106-megawatt solar PV portfolio for Concord Pacific, Canada's largest community builder. Experience building projects in challenging climates with durable technology that provides a lower cost of energy were key drivers in GP JOULE being awarded the three PV projects, each 35 megawatts in size. "GP JOULE is proud to work with Concord Pacific to bring enduring reliability and strong returns to their projects," said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE North America. "Our high-quality standards in design, system optimization, material selection and skillful installation coupled with our tough PHLEGON© racking solution allows us to deliver great value to owners of merchant plants." Technology at all three project sites, which are located within one hour of Lethbridge, Alberta, must sustain the province's highest wind speeds at 140 kilometers per hour. GP JOULE's proven PHLEGON® Fixed racking system was determined best suited for the area's exceptional conditions. "GP Joule was the logical choice as they had recent experience in building merchant plants and furthering utility scale projects during the pandemic," said Terry Hui, President and CEO of Concord Pacific. "We are also pleased to be working with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as we expand our portfolio in Alberta." GP JOULE is known for building a network with local workers transitioning to renewable energy. It is estimated upwards of 150 skilled and professional trade workers will be hired with about 60% likely hailing from the fossil fuel industry. "Our track record across Canada and the US shows we're committed to local partners, including indigenous communities," said Pichard. "Local hiring agencies and contractors help us boost job creation wherever we can. We always strive to secure all our partners and staff within a 90-kilometer radius of a project site." To serve our ongoing partnerships in Western Canada, Alberta's talented energy workforce was tapped by GP JOULE with over 35% increase in area staffing since the beginning of 2021. We further expanded our business footprint with a larger office in Calgary to accommodate new business and team members. Concord Pacific has an established renewable energy portfolio including solar power plants operating in Ontario, wind turbines in Saskatchewan and the Skookum run of river power plant in British Columbia. They also have more than 500 megawatts of renewable energy projects in their pipeline. As Concord Pacific embarks upon its first time developing a solar PV site, GP JOULE is proud to support the corporation's milestone, leading to significantly lower carbon footprint across its residential and commercial neighborhood property developments. About GP JOULE North America GP JOULE is a global renewable energy company headquartered in Reußenköge Germany, with GP JOULE Canada Corp. and GP JOULE USA Inc., servicing the North American market. In this region the company provides EPC turnkey services and a full range of solar PV racking solutions which combined focus on delivering a long-term, lowest cost of solar power. GP JOULE's in-house capabilities include civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and construction execution in the commercial and utility-scale market. The company has installed more than 76 MW of solar PV across North America, with over 100 MW under construction and another 100 MW in its pipeline. Globally, GP JOULE has installed over 800 MW of solar and wind energy projects. Visit gp-joule.com. Concord Pacific and Concord Green Energy Concord Pacific created Concord Green Energy to explore and support future communities with a variety of zero carbon energy producing projects. Concord Green Energy has projects of scale in wind, solar and hydro at various stages of planning, development, and operation across Canada. Concord's current green energy projects can power more than twice the needs of all its communities. Visit concordpacific.com

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Recycle Avengers Partners with The Original Pancake House DFW to Launch Gaming App and Electronic Waste Collection Point

Re-Teck | May 10, 2022

Re-Teck, a leader in electronic waste recycling, held a launch event at The Original Pancake House DFW as they partner with restaurants nationwide to serve as electronic waste (e-waste)recycling collection points and to launch their new gaming app, Recycle Avengers. The game character Kit was on-site signing posters and assisting Guests in downloading the educational game to be entered to win an electric car. "The Original Pancake House DFW is excited to partner with Re-Teck by placing an e-waste collection bin at our Northwest Highway location. We hope to help educate our Guests and Associates about the dangers of dumping electronics in landfills, Re-Teck's gaming app, Recycle Avengers, will help educate players about the opportunities that exist when an old device is recycled." -Mark Davis Bailey, Co-Owner of The Original Pancake House DFW. The Recycle Avengers game concept was created by kids for kids. Re-Teck worked with high school students and developed game concepts that mobilize young adults to make a difference. Students from R.L. Turner High School worked with developers to create an interactive game that allows players to complete challenges as they progress through the game. Re-Teck is in communication with schools, businesses, restaurants and government facilities who are seeking ways to proactively create a more sustainable environment by reducing the need for raw materials and safely dispose of electronics.

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