World's first Tesla Powerwall is paying itself off much faster than expected

Tesla | January 29, 2020

Four years ago, Tesla installed its first ever Powerwall battery pack in an Australian household, and now the residing Pfitzner family has revealed just how much of an impact the energy-saving measure has made. When combined with a solar panel system, Powerwall allows users to store any excess energy generated by the panels in order to use it at times when the sun alone can���t provide the necessary power. While this effectively allows a home to operate self-sufficiently, there is a still a need to rely on the main power grid when the battery depletes due to extended periods of inclement weather or similar. As for the environmental impact – the ability to store reserve energy in a battery pack has the potential to reduce household carbon emissions by up to 6 tonnes per year, which would be a significant figure if the technology was installed in masses of homes.

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Supporting the Low-carbon Development of Automotive Industry, GWM Opens Over 1,000 New Energy Vehicle Patents

GWM | June 18, 2022

Recently, the data released by AutoPat, the global automotive patent big data platform, shows that GWM opened over 1,000 new energy vehicle technology patents last year. This year, GWM has opened 1,301 new energy vehicle patents and authorized 914 patents, ranking first among vehicle enterprises in the Chinese market. According to a report also released by this website, with GWM taking the lead, the number of patents open to the market by Chinese finished vehicle enterprises has grown rapidly, which has caught up with or surpassed foreign-funded vehicle enterprises in the Chinese market. For many years, GWM has continuously increased investment in new energy vehicle R&D and established diverse development paths by launching hybrid and pure electric vehicles. To accelerate the iteration and upgrading of new energy products, GWM has developed the L.E.M.O.N. DHT technology. It is a highly integrated petrol-electric hybrid system that applies to models with power architectures of PHEV or HEV. The models of both architectures can provide a longer, more powerful and comfortable driving experience for consumers. WEY Coffee 01, which adopts the PHEV architecture, is equipped with a high energy density power battery pack, with relatively longer pure electric range. In daily usage, this configuration could reduce the number of charges and helps users feel free from the trouble of frequent charging to the maximum extent. This car can also automatically switch into the mode with a combined power output of fuel and electric energy to allow drivers to speed up with enough power for overtaking when driving at high speed. In order to meet global diverse buyers' demands for more economical and environmentally friendly driving, GWM launched HAVAL JOLION HEV and HAVAL H6 HEV in the Thai market. Supported by the L.E.M.O.N. DHT, the two models can fulfill the low fuel consumption needs in different road conditions. when drivers encounter traffic congestion during rush hours, the system can switch to electric power to minimize fuel consumption. GWM also makes various technological achievements in the pure electronic vehicle field, such as electric drives and electric controls. Among them, the L-type long battery cells have been applied to various models of the ORA brand successfully in China market. Now, GWM adheres to the concept of " Excessive Investment and Precise R&D". According to the 2022 GWM financial report, GWM invested CNY 9.07 billion in the R&D of new energy and intelligent technologies last year. To meet the goal of global carbon neutrality, GWM will keep expanding the layout for new energy products in the future. The company has planned to launch dozens of new energy vehicles in the coming years to bring a greener and more intelligent driving experience to customers around the globe.

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Sceye HAPS Ascend to Stratosphere Using Renewable Energy Sources

Sceye | June 20, 2022

Sceye, a manufacturer of High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS), announced today that it reached the stratosphere with the aim of demonstrating the ability to stay over an area of operation for months at a time using renewable energy sources. The milestone test launch, which is using patented solar and battery power, puts Sceye on track to expand internet access to remote populations, monitor greenhouse gasses down to individual emitters, and detect natural disasters as they begin. The company also announced additional test flights for Q3 and Q4 2022. Sceye’s HAPS launched at 6:55 AM MDT from the company’s hangar at the Roswell International Airport. “Today’s test flight holds extraordinary potential for stratospheric discovery,” said Sceye founder and CEO, Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen. “By maintaining position in the stratosphere for extended periods of time, we can begin realizing the promises of the stratosphere for life on Earth. Universal internet access, methane monitoring, and wildfire detection are all at our fingertips.” Today’s launch objectives were to: Test durability and performance of renewable power systems in the stratosphere Demonstrate the ability to stay over an area of operation Maintain a constant float altitude in the stratosphere Sceye’s HAPS design, in the form of an enhanced balloon, can lift a variety of payloads for connectivity, earth observation, and scientific research. Its hull fabric can manage the extreme environment of the stratosphere, and optimizes strength, helium retention, and thermal management. High-performance batteries and solar panels close the power loop: enough power storage to last until sunrise, and efficient solar cells to collect energy during the day. “We are thrilled to see years of research and development culminating in this milestone moment, It is the very best application of material science pushing the boundaries of near space.” -David Kim, Sceye’s Chief Technology Officer. “This launch is the second of six in our test program this year intended to verify payload and automated flight while ensuring safe operations. We’re excited to learn more from upcoming flight tests planned for late summer and fall.” -Chief of Mission Operations, Stephanie Luongo In October 2021, Sceye was the first to connect a Massive MIMO antenna with 3D beamforming from the stratosphere directly to smartphones on the ground over a 140 km distance — a world record in Open RAN. In March 2022, Sceye successfully validated its automated flight software which increases the reliability of its HAPS during its most critical phases of flight – launch and ascent. Sceye has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New Mexico Economic Development Department, and New Mexico Environment Department on a five-year study to monitor air quality in the State of New Mexico. Sceye’s HAPS will track methane emissions with a sub 1-m resolution, allowing them to determine pollution levels as well as pinpoint individual emitters. About Sceye Sceye is a material science company founded in 2014 to unleash the possibilities in the stratosphere by uplifting and connecting all people, and protecting our planet. The company has developed a new generation of stratospheric platforms to provide universal and equitable connectivity, improve climate change monitoring, natural resource stewardship, forest fire monitoring and better detect and contain disasters before they spiral out of control. Sceye continues the humanitarian work of founder and CEO Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen. As owner and former CEO of the public health companies Vestergaard and LifeStraw, he led innovations in material science that have saved millions of lives. LifeStraw water filters have helped nearly eradicate Guinea worm disease, and PermaNet, bed nets made from innovative fibers that release microscopic doses of insecticide, have helped reduce global malaria deaths by more than half.

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ONWARD ENERGY TO ACQUIRE A 1,171 MW OPERATING SOLAR PORTFOLIO FROM GLOBAL ATLANTIC

Onward Energy | July 06, 2022

Onward Energy today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to purchase 100% of the cash equity interests in a 1,171 MW operating solar portfolio from Global Atlantic Financial Group ("Global Atlantic"). The portfolio includes 11 projects in 8 states and will be the largest renewable investment in Onward Energy's history, further expanding the company's portfolio to over 6 GW of diverse power generation assets. "We believe that this acquisition of high quality solar assets is a strong fit with our existing portfolio, consistent with our view of the energy transition and complementary to our growth strategy. Working with Global Atlantic and their exemplary team, we were able to sign the agreement quickly and seamlessly."Anup Agarwal, Chief Investment Officer of Global Atlantic, said: "This portfolio is part of a diverse set of solar investments that we're proud to have built over the past seven years, and we believe that Onward Energy will be an excellent steward of these assets. We were pleased to reach an agreement and are committed to building our presence in this space as global demand for clean power continues to rise." -Steve Doyon, Onward Energy's Chief Executive Officer Onpeak Capital LLC served as financial advisor and Mayer Brown LLP served as legal advisor to Global Atlantic. Milbank LLP served as legal adviser to Onward. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. About Onward Energy Onward Energy is an independent power generator that currently owns and operates over 5 GW of solar, wind, and gas generation projects in the U.S. With 45 projects in 18 states, Onward Energy is a national leader in the clean energy transition, investing in the next generation of reliable, clean technologies that will enable our customers and communities to meet their decarbonization goals faster. About Global Atlantic Global Atlantic Financial Group is a leader in the U.S. life insurance and annuity industry, serving the needs of individuals and institutions. With differentiated investment and risk management capabilities, deep client relationships, and a strong financial foundation, the company has established a track record of delivering proven, value-added solutions and long-term growth. Global Atlantic is a majority-owned subsidiary of KKR, a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management across multiple strategies and capital markets solutions. KKR's parent company is KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR).

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Capstone Green Energy to Provide Low Emission Microturbine System to Major Global Oil & Gas Company in Malaysia

Capstone Green Energy Corporation | August 02, 2022

Capstone Green Energy Corporation's (NASDAQ: CGRN) distributor in Malaysia and Brunei, Sekito, has secured an order for a 200 kW microturbine-based system for an oil and gas application owned by a major global oil and gas company.Because low emission microturbine-based systems have such minimal maintenance needs, they are an ideal fit for unmanned applications like this one, especially where control and monitoring must be done remotely," said Darren Jamison, Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Green Energy. The reliability, efficiency, and ultra-low emissions of the Capstone Green Energy technology are incredibly compelling in these types of remote or offshore applications. The new system will feature one ATEX-certified Capstone C200S microturbine. Providing prime power for an offshore wellhead platform in Sarawak, Malaysia, this retrofit system will replace an obsolete Calnetix Power Solutions TA100 microturbine currently at the site. It will use high-pressure natural gas (HPNG) from the platform wellhead as a fuel source. It is expected to be commissioned in March 2023. This is a repeat order for the customer who purchased Capstone units for some of its other remote oil production platforms. Beyond being satisfied with the microturbine's performance, the customer values the technology for its low maintenance requirements compared and low greenhouse gas emissions. "Sekito has become the choice power generation service provider for many oil and gas customers in the region. We provide them with highly efficient energy solutions as well as ongoing maintenance services. We also offer remote monitoring and control along with smart predictive AI that anticipates site needs, Because Capstone's microturbine technology uses an air bearing system, it can eliminate maintenance costs and increase the system's reliability. Microturbines also produce minimal greenhouse gas emissions, so they are an environmental solution that will benefit future generations," Mohd Azam, Managing Director of Sekito About Sekito Sekito was established to fulfill the demand for power generation and control solutions for major industries, especially in the oil and gas sector. Sekito’s core business of power generation solutions utilizes Capstone microturbines, which are primarily used in oil and gas applications for unstaffed platforms to deliver continuous power using the wellhead gas supply. Sekito’s other lines of business include, but are not limited to, Electrical Panel and System Integration Services for all Low-Voltage Panel Ratings. Sekito’s range of services includes design, fabrication, installation, commissioning, testing, and maintenance. About Capstone Green Energy Capstone Green Energy (NASDAQ: CGRN) is a leading provider of customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Capstone Green Energy focuses on four key business lines. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, it offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Generation Technologies (EGT) are driven by the Company's industry-leading, highly efficient, low-emission, resilient microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen & Sustainable Products (H2S), Capstone Green Energy offers customers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems. For customers with limited capital or short-term needs, Capstone offers rental systems; for more information, contact: rentals@CGRNenergy.com. To date, Capstone has shipped over 10,000 units to 83 countries and estimates that, in FY21, it saved customers over $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated to be approximately $698 million in energy savings and approximately 1,115,100 tons of carbon savings.

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