ULA rocket set to launch Solar Orbiter as NASA, ESA near golden era of sun science

United Launch Alliance | February 09, 2020

Just a year and a half after sending NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to study the Sun, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to once again support a science mission on its way to the center of our solar system. The Solar Orbiter, a unique spacecraft jointly developed by NASA and the European Space Agency, will launch aboard a ULA Atlas V 411 booster, propelling it to the Sun to snap the first photos of its north and south poles. The Solar Orbiter will work in conjunction with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe in unlocking the mysteries of our closest star. Parker Solar Probe occasionally dips into the Sun’s atmosphere – referred to as the corona – learning about the environment and the solar wind that propels energy and radiation into our solar system.

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Greenland Launches New HEVI Equipment Brand

Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation | May 13, 2022

Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: GTEC) ("Greenland" or the "Company"), a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and vehicles, today announced the launch of HEVI Equipment, its new clean industrial heavy equipment brand. HEVI Equipment will serve as a rebranding of the Company's Greenland Machinery division that produces all electric industrial sized front loaders, excavators and other equipment. The Company's focused strategy is symbolized in the iconic American bison logo, which exemplifies a healthy, green environment, strength, durability and graceful power. Customers can find more information at www.gethevi.com. The American bison has a message of duality. On one hand it serves to show the strength, power, and ruggedness that a bison possess that our vehicles also demonstrate. While on the other hand, the American bison is a living example that through endurance, perseverance, and the drive towards a more sustainable environment, we can begin to right our wrongs and start taking the steps towards a cleaner tomorrow. The American Bison was nearly driven to extinction in the 19th century from human interference and over hunting. After realizing the near extinction of the species, Americans began to take concerted efforts to preserve the species, which is why today, the American bison is once again roaming the plains freely. "This is another important step in our company's evolution. We reached a critical juncture having launched our initial electric industrial equipment models. With the rebranding of our Greenland Machinery division as our HEVI Equipment division, we believe we will gain a further advantage in the market. We are drawing on our Company's highly successful history and leveraging our expertise in the industrial market to accelerate growth in the rapidly evolving industrial electric vehicle market." -Raymond Wang, CEO of Greenland About Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: GTEC) is a developer and a manufacturer of drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and electric vehicles, as well as electric industrial vehicles. Information on the Company's clean industrial heavy equipment division can be found at HEVI Equipment, its new clean industrial heavy equipment division.

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Clean Energy Holdings, ING Americas, and Equix Kick-off 250 MW Green Hydrogen Alliance Project in Texas

ING Americas | May 21, 2022

ING Americas (ING) has been engaged by Clean Energy Holdings, LLC (CEH) as its financial advisor in respect of the financing of projects by the Renewable Energy and Technology Alliance (The Alliance) being assembled by CEH. ING brings multiple areas of expertise to CEH's Platform and projects including advisory services and leading the capital raising requirements for the project. Equix Inc., a well-established and highly respected infrastructure firm, is also joining The Alliance bringing industry leading execution experience including Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) in both renewable energy and hydrogen facilities. Bair Energy, LLC (BE) joins The Alliance as the Program Management Construction Management (PMCM) and serves as The Alliance Representative for the CEH Platform. The Alliance is working with an experienced commodities group to market and lead offtake negotiations for its projects. Clean Energy Holdings, ING Americas, and Equix Kick-off 250 MW Green Hydrogen Alliance Project in Texas ING will take the lead in securing project financing for CEH's 250 MW Clear Fork, TX renewable energy supplied green hydrogen and liquefaction project. As one of the largest and leading green hydrogen developments in North America, the project has a baseline schedule slated to enter commercial operations in the third quarter of 2024. The project is expected to produce a levelized average of 30,000 kg a day of liquefied green hydrogen. The CEH Platform is designed to attract leading edge and emerging technologies to integrate into our projects for validation and certification. "Our Alliance is leading energy transformation, and we are committed to continue to lead the North American market in the production and implementation of green hydrogen for industrial, chemical, and mobility applications. We are also driving technological advancements developed through our projects. We have assembled a group of industry leaders as well as local and state governments to navigate through the potential challenges as we deliver our projects from concept to delivery and provide turnkey projects with a complete basis for design. Our Alliance delivers on contract and safety, with guaranties. This project is a strategic priority for The Alliance to showcase its turnkey design, long term operations and production guaranties." -CEO of Clean Energy Holdings, Nicholas Bair "These early, large-scale, projects will help define the green hydrogen industry in North America. Our Alliance partners and advisors have been carefully selected as both best-in-class for their respective roles and dedication to make these projects a success." -CEH President, Cornelius Fitzgerald ABOUT CLEAN ENERGY HOLDINGS Clean Energy Holdings (CEH) is a renewable energy and technology platform focused on developing, owning, and operating leading edge, innovative and reliable renewable energy and low carbon facilities. CEH is a technology centric platform and, with our Alliance Partners, provides turnkey solutions for innovative projects like Clear Fork Green Hydrogen, the second Green Hydrogen project brought forward by CEH. Further, the CEH projects have been carefully selected to lead various State and Regional initiatives aimed to bring cost effective Green Hydrogen fuel to transportation corridors as well as industrial clients. ABOUT BAIR ENERGY BE is a Program Management and Construction Management (PMCM) firm with a focus on renewable energy projects in both domestic and select international markets. In its PMCM role, Bair Energy manages and coordinates platform concepts with viable projects to take advantage of benefits, like efficiencies of scale, not available to the projects individually. In addition, Bair Energy oversees construction of individual projects. In all roles, Bair Energy has embraced a philosophy for Health, Safety, and Environmental Excellence. ABOUT ING Americas ING Americas offers a full array of wholesale financial products, such as commercial lending, financial markets, corporate finance and advisory products and services in the U.S. to its corporate and institutional clients. We know being sustainable is not just about reducing our own impact, it's also in the choices we make—as a lender, in our financing, and through the services, we offer our customers. That's why sustainability is inherent to our purpose of empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Americas is the brand name of ING's corporate and institutional client business in the Americas region, operating in the U.S. through ING Financial Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries ("IFH"). IFH is a subsidiary of ING Bank N.V., and a part of ING Group N.V. ("ING"). ABOUT EQUIX INC. Equix, Inc. is a private contracting firm that develops people and companies in the technical, professional, and construction services industries across North America. Focusing on utility and infrastructure projects offering full-service surveying, design, construction, and maintenance services to the renewable energy, broadband, electric, heavy civil, pipeline, water, and wastewater markets. Equix employs over 1,250 team members across 27 corporate offices in 13 states. They are licensed to do business in over 30 states across all service offerings.

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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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wpd to Sell Offshore Wind Business to Global Infrastructure Partners

wpd | May 06, 2022

Global Infrastructure Partners ("GIP"), a leading independent infrastructure investor, and wpd AG ("wpd"), a leading project developer and independent renewables power producer (IRPP) for onshore wind, offshore wind and solar, are pleased to announce that they have signed definitive agreements for GIP to acquire 100% of wpd offshore GmbH ("wpd offshore"), the offshore wind business of wpd. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. wpd offshore is a leading offshore wind platform with over 20 years of development experience, a track record of ~7 GW developed to date, and a presence in fourteen European and APAC markets. The wpd offshore team has capabilities across the entire offshore wind value chain, including greenfield development, engineering and design, procurement, financing and construction management. wpd offshore's portfolio includes: Interests in 5 operating and under construction projects in Germany, France and Taiwan >30 GW (gross) global and highly diversified offshore wind pipeline in various stages of development Post-closing, Achim Berge Olsen, current COO of wpd and responsible for its offshore wind business, will serve as CEO of the business acquired by GIP. "wpd was one of the early movers in the offshore wind market and the offshore unit prospered very well as part of wpd group. We have had an exciting and successful journey with the wpd offshore team and are delighted that GIP is taking a unique opportunity to unlock further potential with the plan to build up a global offshore wind player. wpd AG will further strengthen its onshore wind and solar activities in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Chile and the US. Our operating wind and solar projects totaled 2,500 MW by end of 2021 and we will double this volume by 2024." -Björn Nullmeyer, the CFO of wpd About Global Infrastructure Partners GIP is a leading independent infrastructure fund manager that makes equity and debt investments in infrastructure assets and businesses. GIP targets investments in the energy, transport, digital infrastructure, and water/waste sectors in both OECD and select emerging market countries. GIP's global renewables portfolio includes solar, wind, hydro, and battery storage assets representing 15 GW of operating generation capacity, royalty interests in over 19 GW of operating renewable projects, and over 120 GW assets under construction or in development. Headquartered in New York, GIP operates out of 10 offices: New York, London, Stamford (Connecticut), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore and Hong Kong. GIP manages c. US $81 billion for its investors. GIP's portfolio companies have combined annual revenues of c. US $61 billion and employ c. 99,000 people. For more information, visit www.global-infra.com. About wpd wpd develops and operates onshore and offshore wind farms and solar parks and is actively engaged in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Chile and the US with the head office in Bremen. The German company has already realized wind energy projects with an output of 5,620 MW and is planning further projects with a total of 13,900 MW wind onshore and 2,300 MWp solar energy.

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