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Gulbrandsen announces global price increase for Aluminum Alkyls

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ORANGEBURG, S.C., March 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Gulbrandsen Chemicals announces today that prices for all Aluminum Alkyls and solvent blends of Aluminum Alkyls will be increased by 20%.  This price increase will be implemented immediately, or as contracts allow.  Customers will be contacted individually regarding the specifics of the price increase as it applies to their products or regions.

This adjustment is necessary to address the growing need for continued investment in reliable global supply, improvements in plant and product safety and to address higher costs related to raw materials, labor, regulatory compliance as well as energy and logistics expenses.  

Gulbrandsen Chemicals is a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and catalysts with facilities located in North America, Asia, and Europe.

For more information about Gulbrandsen Chemicals, visit www.gulbrandsen.com.  

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YMCA Flexes Power-Saving Muscles with Budderfly’s Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service

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“For the capital investment, we would have been doing this for 10 to 12 years to do what Budderfly did for us in a matter of 3 weeks. It was a no-brainer for my committee because we had nothing to lose. Budderfly came up with the capital investment, it was just a huge benefit to have the money put upfront for us to make a difference in our facility, make a difference for our members, and most importantly—get the energy savings on the HVAC equipment so it was not running at full capacity all the time,” said Chad Knight CEO, YMCA of Southwest Kansas.

Budderfly’s Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service upgrades include:

  • Retrofitting recessed fixtures.
  • Retrofitting surface mount fluorescent fixtures.
  • Replacing high-bay fixtures with new, high-efficiency LED fixtures.
  • Installing NexRev Variable Frequency Drives on 6 HVAC units.
  • Installing HVAC chips in 7 units to regulate performance and extend the units’ lifecycle.

Budderfly’s energy solution for the YMCA of Southwest Kansas might seem too good to be true. However, the company is able to finance and deliver all these benefits (and to create their own profits) through the ability to generate large energy savings. The solutions implemented by Budderfly reduce the YMCA’s energy consumption by approximately 30%. A portion of the money saved goes back to the YMCA in the form of facility improvements, 24/7/365 management, maintenance services, and long-term contracted savings.

“Many organizations lack the upfront capital to invest in energy-efficient LED lighting and HVAC upgrades, but desperately want to improve their customers’ experience and carbon footprint,” said Al Subbloie, CEO, Budderfly. “We are proud that our Energy-Efficiency-as-a-Service is helping the Southwest Kansas YMCA make their interior environment more comfortable and welcoming for members and guests while also saving money and the planet.”

About Budderfly

Budderfly is disrupting the energy industry by leading the digital transformation of energy consumption conservation through its unique EnergyCloud™ Energy Efficiency as a Service model. With no cost to its customers, Budderfly implements proprietary energy intelligence software, energy efficiency upgrades such as LED lights, HVAC replacements and upgrades, variable frequency drives, refrigeration controls, options for comprehensive maintenance, and much more—that span more than 20 savings categories.

Budderfly creates networks of patented IoT devices that meter and report on all elements of energy use. Together these optimize energy usage at the point of consumption within each facility across the enterprise. Budderfly’s ongoing services and proactive maintenance ensure that a building’s energy infrastructure never becomes outdated. The result is significant, immediate, and progressive energy expense savings, upgraded facilities, and a reduced carbon footprint for its client facilities. For more information visit www.budderfly.com or follow us on Twitter @BudderflyInc.

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SoCalGas to Partner with SunLine Transit Agency to Test Innovative Technologies that Reduce Cost of Hydrogen Production

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LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced today it will demonstrate a groundbreaking technological combination that will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas (RNG) at SunLine Transit Agency’s hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called “H2 SilverSTARS,” will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine’s fleet of 17 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and support further expansion. The combination of new technologies will make it possible to provide renewable hydrogen made from RNG at natural gas fueling stations—or any location near a natural gas pipeline. The goal is to produce emissions-free renewable hydrogen for fuel cell electric cars and other vehicles at a price competitive with gasoline. Photos and video of the SunLine buses and a diagram of the STARS technology are available here.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are expected to play an important role in meeting California Governor Newsom’s executive order requiring all new cars sold in the state be zero-emissions by 2035. As demand for these cars increases, Californians will need thousands more stations where they can fuel up with hydrogen.

The demonstration project will integrate two core technologies. The first, Linde‘s HydroPrime HC300 MIN system, will make hydrogen from renewable natural gas the same way large centralized hydrogen production plants do—but with compact equipment small enough to fit in a tractor trailer container. While Linde’s system is already commercially available and being used abroad, its use at SunLine’s fueling station will be the first time it is deployed in North America. The SunLine location will be able to produce up to 650 kilograms of hydrogen a day.

The second technology, STARS-165 SMR, built by the start-up STARS corporation, takes the Linde system a step further. It achieves significantly greater efficiencies in producing hydrogen by using a compact microchannel design and is driven by an electricity-powered induction heating process, meaning there is no combustion, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional hydrogen production. In addition, the system is produced using 3-D printing, making it well suited for mass-production and thus drastically less expensive to make and operate compared to alternatives. Two STARS systems, with a combined production capacity of up to 330 kilograms of hydrogen a day, will be installed for this research project.

The 36-month project will initially demonstrate both core technologies individually and collect performance data to assess the STARS system’s potential to improve its efficiency and cost.  The STARS SMR technology will then be integrated with the Linde HydroPrime system with the goal of fast-tracking its commercialization.

“These technologies could drastically change the face of hydrogen production in California, creating the opportunity for anyone to fill up their fuel cell electric car, truck or bus with low- or zero-carbon hydrogen anywhere there’s a natural gas pipeline,” said Neil Navin, SoCalGas vice president of clean energy innovations. “For SoCalGas, this is another step toward meeting our pledge to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.”

“Our agency has been a longtime advocate of advancing clean air and alternative fuel technology. This partnership with SoCalGas allows us to continue converting our fleet to zero-emissions five years ahead of state mandates,” said Lauren Skiver, SunLine Transit Agency’s CEO/General Manager and California Hydrogen Business Council chair. “It also helps us realize our goal of making hydrogen fueling accessible to the public in order to inspire a cleaner tomorrow.”

“I commend SunLine Transit Agency and SoCalGas for continuing to push the envelope, building on our technological capacity for renewable hydrogen, and elevating our region’s role in driving these innovations forward,” said California Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Ex Officio Member of the California Air Resources Board. “Each advancement and production efficiency brings us closer to achieving California’s groundbreaking emission reduction, electric vehicle, and clean air goals.”

“The microchannels in this technology make the chemical reactions far faster and vastly more efficient than traditional steam methane reformation, and it’s also far less expensive to produce,” said Robert Wegeng, President of STARS Technology Corporation. “And because this technology uses induction heating—which can be powered by renewable electricity—the entire process can be zero emissions when renewable natural gas is used. We look forward to analyzing the results of this important research alongside SoCalGas and SunLine Transit.”

“Renewable hydrogen is essential to California’s effort to reduce pollution and decarbonize the energy we use throughout the economy, including the transportation sector,” said Bill Zobel, executive director of the California Hydrogen Business Council. “This new technology and partnership between SunLine and SoCalGas will play an important role in ensuring the state achieves its transportation electrification goals and advancing zero emissions fuel accessibility to all Californians.”

SunLine Transit Agency is a national leader in providing environmentally conscious public transportation services. The agency was a pioneer in adoption of hydrogen as a fuel and has had a hydrogen infrastructure on-site since 2000 with the first fuel cell electric bus in operation that same year.  Recently the Agency completed the construction of a 900 kg/day hydrogen electrolyzer–the largest renewable hydrogen-producing station in the country for transportation—creating the infrastructure needed to maintain and grow a fleet of buses that are 100% zero-emissions. The renewable hydrogen generated as part of this demonstration on site will be used to fuel their current fleet of 17hydrogen buses and support further expansion.

About SoCalGas

Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.

SoCalGas’ mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20% of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. Over the past five years, the company invested nearly $7.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

About SunLine Transit Agency

SunLine provides public transit services in California’s Coachella Valley spanning 1,120 mile-service area and carrying approximately 4.2 million riders. It has pioneered zero-emission bus deployments, particularly for hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB). In 1993, SunLine’s Board adopted a voluntary policy of pursuing alternative fuel solutions that provide the lowest possible emissions, which led to SunLine becoming the first transit agency in the state to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). SunLine is committed to transitioning its entire bus fleet to zero-emission by 2035.

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Sandhills Global Market Data Shows Declining Inventory Across Used Equipment Markets Is Driving Up Values

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Many used equipment markets experienced growing sales activity in last half of 2020, and inventory levels in 2021 have continued to drop in recent months as market demand for equipment has steadily increased. Notably, the Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI) is charting historically low inventory volumes in tractors in the 175- to 299-horsepower range, 18- to 36-ton crawler excavators, and heavy-duty sleeper trucks. The accompanying charts show the inverse relationship between the dropping inventory levels and increasing equipment values in these segments.

U.S. Used Heavy-Duty Sleeper Trucks

  • Since the start of 2021, used sleeper truck inventory has shown an average 10% to 15% month-over-month decline, continually surpassing previous historic lows in inventory.
  • Monthly sleeper truck values have increased by an average 2% over the last three quarters, according to the Sandhills EVI.

U.S. Used Excavators

  • 18- to 36-metric-ton crawler excavator asking values have increased over $7,000 since the end of 2020, with inventory volumes down 40% year-over-year. The current inventory level has fallen below any previous low seen over the last 5 years.

U.S. Used Tractors

  • Inventory for used tractors rated between 175 and to 299 horsepower are down 42% YOY, nearly reaching the historical lows of 2013.
  • Asking values for used tractors in the 175- to 299-horsepower group have trended upwards since Q3 2020 with steady month-over-month increases; March asking values were up 3% YOY.

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Sandhills Global is an information processing company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our products and services gather, process, and distribute information in the form of trade publications, websites, and online services that connect buyers and sellers across the construction, agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, commercial trucking, and aviation industries. Our integrated, industry-specific approach to hosted technologies and services offers solutions that help businesses large and small operate efficiently and grow securely, cost-effectively, and successfully. Sandhills Global—we are the cloud.

About the Sandhills Equipment Value Index
The Sandhills Equipment Value Index (EVI) is a principal gauge of the estimated market values of used assets—both currently and over time—across the construction, agricultural, and commercial trucking industries represented by Sandhills Global marketplaces, including AuctionTime.com, TractorHouse.com, MachineryTrader.com, TruckPaper.com, and other industry-specific equipment platforms. Powered by FleetEvaluator, Sandhills’ proprietary asset valuation tool, Sandhills EVI provides useful insights into the ever-changing supply-and-demand conditions for each industry.

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Rick Kreifeldt Joins the ZEV advisory board

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“We are so delighted to have Rick join the ZEV team. Rick brings an extensive background in automotive and rapid innovation through technology incubation. His combined tactical and strategic experience aligns perfectly with ZEV’s early customer adoption of our Class 3 Electrification Kit and ZEVs strategic focus on building and strengthening our partner electrification ecosystem to accelerate our cloud-based intelligence and fully democratize ZEV products globally” said Carolyn Maury, ZEV CEO.

Prior to joining ZEV’s Advisory Board, Rick has over 30 years of technology experience.  He serves as the head of American R&D for LG electronics where his team specializes in AI, IoT, UX and next gen automotive platforms. His responsibilities include advanced technology development, new business incubation, and Open Innovation. Previously Rick was President of Motoforza Inc, a strategy and technology consultancy. At Motoforza his work included connected car strategy and RFQs for an OEM, M&A strategy for a large $1B+ Tier1, and product development for a medical startup. He worked at Harman International for over 21 years, where he was last VP of Research and Innovation, leading global advanced technology development. Rick has advised multiple startups and led tech due diligence for many acquisitions. Kreifeldt served in the Industry Advisory Committee for USU ECE department, the Executive Director for the eSync Alliance and founding President/Chairman of the AVnu Alliance. Rick holds 33 patents in the areas of networking protocols, system design and DSP algorithms. Kreifeldt graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

“ZEV is on the cutting edge of electric vehicle architecture, with a holistic systems approach that combines advanced power capture with an Intelligent Cloud Platform into a Software Defined Electric Vehicle.  Their unique micro-factory approach will allow them to scale incredibly fast at a fraction of the normal CAPEX costs.  ZEV is truly rethinking traditional automotive.  It is an honor to join such an innovative team.” Said Rick on the announcement of his appointment.

About ZEV:

Zero Electric Vehicles INC. (“ZEV”) is an Arizona based Software-Defined Electric Vehicle manufacture. ZEV’s proprietary manufacturing process enables rapid development and training of EV system models to meet the demands of new EV customers. ZEV’s extensive technology portfolio in applied power management intelligence and BEV thermal control delivers a highly scalable and configurable EV for commercial and consumer customers.

ZEV aspires to the highest standards for ‘next gen’ EVs by delivering high value trustworthy products to global customers.  ZEV – EV For All. www.zeroevcorp.com

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Phone: (480) 780-7338

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This news release contains “forward-looking information” (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws) and “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Such statements or information are identified with words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “potential”, “estimate”, “propose”, “project”, “outlook”, “foresee” or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Such statements include the Company’s expectations with respect to the capability, functionality, performance and cost of the Company’s technology.

Such forward-looking information or statements are based on a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions which may cause actual results or other expectations to differ materially from those anticipated and which may prove to be incorrect. Assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, management’s expectations regarding future growth, plans for and completion of projects by the Company’s third-party relationships, availability of capital, and the necessity to incur capital and other expenditures. Actual results could differ materially due to a number of factors, including, without limitation, operational risks in the completion of the Company’s anticipated projects, delays or changes in plans with respect to the development of the Company’s anticipated projects by the Company’s third-party relationships, risks affecting the Company’s ability to execute projects, the ability to attract key personnel, and the inability to raise additional capital. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information or statements are reasonable, prospective investors in the Company’s securities should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because the Company can provide no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward- looking information and statements contained in this news release are as of the date of this news release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise this forward-looking information and statements except as required by law.

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