GRAID Technology Announces New Data Consistency Check Feature Set, Delivering Critical Protection Against Data Corruption

GRAID SupremeRAID™ release version 1.2.2 will add RAID 6 erasure coding (EC) N+2 with automatic data correction to its industry-leading data protection capabilities.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GRAID Technology, the multi-award-winning data protection provider and developer of the only RAID card to unlock the full potential of NVMe SSD performance, today announced the release of version 1.2.2 of its revolutionary SupremeRAID™ product to enhance its RAID 6 erasure coding (EC) N+2 data consistency check capability.

This feature enhancement provides for the ability to correct customer data when data corruption is detected. Like traditional hardware RAID controllers, GRAID SupremeRAID™ is capable of detecting silent data corruption on a disk drive, but SupremeRAID™ surpasses traditional RAID by also enhancing data integrity, providing the additional capability to correct corrupted data automatically using its latest EC N+2 implementation for customers deploying SupremeRAID™ in a RAID 6 configuration.

“Today’s announcement of our new error detection and correction capabilities positions SupremeRAID™ to give our customers, partners and OEMs a competitive advantage,” said Leander Yu, CEO and founder of GRAID Technology. “This enhancement makes SupremeRAID™ the most secure RAID controller available in the market while still capable of driving the full-potential performance from NVMe SSDs — an unbeatable combination.”

RAID 6, also known as double-parity RAID (redundant array of independent disks), is one of several RAID schemes that works by placing data on multiple disks and allowing input/output (I/O) operations to overlap in a balanced way to improve performance. Not all types of RAID offer redundancy, although RAID 6 does.

The new 1.2.2 feature set is available on both SupremeRAID™ SR-1000 for PCIe Gen 3 and SupremeRAID™ SR-1010 for PCIe Gen 4 servers and will be available worldwide on July 11, 2022. To learn more about GRAID Technology’s offerings, visit graidtech.com today.

About GRAID

GRAID Technology is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with an office in Ontario, California, and an R&D center in Taipei, Taiwan. Named one of the Ten Hottest Data Storage Startups of 2021 by CRN, GRAID SupremeRAID™ performance is breaking world records as the first NVMe and NVMeoF RAID card to unlock the full potential of your SSD performance: a single SupremeRAID™ card delivers 19 million IOPS and 110GB/s of throughput. For more information on GRAID Technology, visit graidtech.com or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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StorageReview.com GRAID SupremeRAID™ SR-1010 Independent Review
GRAID and HPC Tech Partner to Lead the Future of High-Performance Computing in Japan

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Cellebrite and Chainalysis Partner to Modernize Digital Investigations by Unlocking Cryptocurrency Data

Two market leaders come together to expand digital investigations

PETAH TIKVA, Israel and TYSONS CORNER, Va. and NEW YORK, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cellebrite DI Ltd. (NASDAQ: CLBT), a global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors, and Chainalysis, the blockchain data platform, have launched a partnership to enable customers to easily identify and assess criminal activity involving cryptocurrency during digital investigations to expedite their resolution.

Cryptocurrency usage has increased significantly over the past several years. While the vast majority of its use is for legitimate purposes, it has also been exploited for illicit use in scamming, money laundering, ransomware, and more. As cryptocurrency artifacts are more frequently found in, and can be used as key pieces of, digital evidence, law enforcement and corporations need access to cryptocurrency-related knowledge and tools to investigate criminal activity and help solve cases.

Together, Cellebrite and Chainalysis are enabling customers to modernize investigations by leveraging the transparency of blockchains. The integrated solution will provide automated, efficient capabilities and knowledge to identify and assess cryptocurrency risks and correlate such information to additional elements of a related case. Cellebrite’s DI suite of solutions will reveal accurate, real-time cryptocurrency data and insights from Chainalysis’ data platform. As a result of this cooperation, examiners, investigators, analysts, and compliance officers will be able to seamlessly identify illicit cryptocurrency-related activity in a single place as part of their familiar digital investigation workflows.

Cellebrite and Chainalysis are also collaborating to empower customers to bridge the cryptocurrency knowledge gap. Together, they will educate customers’ internal experts by offering cryptocurrency training and delivering cryptocurrency expert investigation services, as well as making Chainalysis’ Reactor, the investigation tool, available for advanced cryptocurrency tracing.

“Cryptocurrency, as any other financial instrument, has become a vehicle for funding crime and laundering money, and as its adoption increases, our customers must be equipped with cutting-edge solutions to identify this important category of digital evidence,” said Leeor Ben-Peretz, Chief Strategy Officer at Cellebrite. “Providing our customers with an integrated cryptocurrency investigation solution will expedite their investigations through automation and help them seamlessly uncover a wider range of digital evidence within Cellebrite’s suite of Digital Intelligence solutions. We are happy to join forces with Chainalysis to further enhance our customers’ tools and knowledge, modernize investigations, and accelerate justice.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Cellebrite, the Digital Intelligence market leader, to expand our public and private sector customer reach and provide them access to Chainalysis’ solutions, training, and expertise,” said Thomas Stanley, President and Chief Revenue Officer at Chainalysis. “Together, Cellebrite and Chainalysis are committed to helping combat blockchain-related crime, improving trust and transparency in blockchains, and making cryptocurrency safer for all.”

The initial integrated solution is expected to be available in Q3 2022. To find out more about the partnership offerings, please visit: https://cellebrite.com/en/cellebrite-crypto-solution-powered-by-chainalysis/

About Cellebrite

Cellebrite’s (NASDAQ: CLBT) mission is to enable its customers to protect and save lives, accelerate justice, and preserve privacy in communities around the world. We are a global leader in Digital Intelligence solutions for the public and private sectors, empowering organizations in mastering the complexities of legally sanctioned digital investigations by streamlining intelligence processes. Trusted by thousands of leading agencies and companies worldwide, Cellebrite’s Digital Intelligence platform and solutions transform how customers collect, review, analyze and manage data in legally sanctioned investigations. To learn more visit us at www.cellebrite.com, https://investors.cellebrite.com, or follow us on Twitter at @Cellebrite.

About Chainalysis

Chainalysis is the blockchain data platform. We provide data, software, services, and research to government agencies, exchanges, financial institutions, and insurance and cybersecurity companies in over 70 countries. Our data powers investigation, compliance, and market intelligence software that has been used to solve some of the world’s most high-profile criminal cases and grow consumer access to cryptocurrency safely. Backed by Accel, Addition, Benchmark, Coatue, GIC, Paradigm, Ribbit, and other leading firms in venture capital, Chainalysis builds trust in blockchains to promote more financial freedom with less risk. For more information, visit www.chainalysis.com.

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EV Technology Group Announces DTC Eligibility of Its Common Shares

TORONTO, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EV Technology Group Ltd. (the “Company” or “EV Technology Group”) (NEO: EVTG, DE: B96A) is pleased to announce that the Company’s common shares (the “Common Shares”) are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement through the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”).

EV Technology Group is a global end-to-end electric vehicle company focused on electrifying iconic driving experiences. EV Technology Group helps iconic brands leverage their existing brand equity and followership by bringing their vehicles to the electric age, such as MOKE International Limited (“MIL”). The Company is currently listed on Canada’s NEO Exchange (NEO: EVTG) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (DE: B96A), and has now been approved to offer United States-based public market investors the opportunity to clear and settle trades of Common Shares through the DTC.

DTC is a subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (“DTCC”) that manages the electronic clearing and settlement of publicly traded companies in the United States. Securities that are eligible to be electronically cleared and settled through DTC are considered to be “DTC eligible”. DTC eligibility is expected to simplify the process of trading and enhance liquidity of the Common Shares in the United States by accelerating the settlement period for transfers and reducing costs for investors.

With DTC eligibility, existing investors benefit from potentially greater liquidity and execution speeds. This also opens the door to new investors that may have been previously restricted from trading the Common Shares and simplifies the process of trading the Common Shares in the United States.

EV Technology Group
EV Technology Group was founded in 2021 with the vision to electrify iconic brands – and the mission of redefining the joy of motoring for the electric age. By acquiring iconic brands and bringing beloved motoring experiences to the electric age, EV Technology Group is driving the EV revolution forward. Backed by a diversified team of passionate entrepreneurs, engineers and driving enthusiasts, EV Technology Group creates value for its customers by owning the total customer experience — acquiring and partnering with iconic brands with significant growth potential in unique markets, and controlling end-to-end capabilities. To learn more visit: https://evtgroup.com/

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Eavor selects Turboden as supplier for development of power plant to be deployed with closed-loop geothermal system in Germany

CALGARY, Alberta, DÜSSELDORF, Germany and BRESCIA, Italy, July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eavor, the leader in scalable geothermal energy, has selected Turboden S.p.A. (“Turboden”) for the development of their project in the South of Germany in Geretsried (Bavaria). This investment in Turboden’s Organic Rankine Cycle (“ORC”) system will be used in the first commercial Eavor-Loop™ project harnessing heat from the Earth to deliver electricity to the local market.

The project, will have a capacity of 8.2 MWe (4 loops and a single ORC generator) when it reaches its full capacity. The assumed date of initial power production is 2024 and will be ramped up into 2026 when the plant is operating at full capacity.

Eavor estimates 4,900 homes per Eavor-Loop™ will be powered with clean energy harnessed from the Earth.

The full 8.2 MWe project will result in ~44,000 tCO2e GHG emissions avoided per year including anticipated heat offtake in addition to the power sales. Eavor further estimates 150 drilling services and powerplant/infrastructure jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

Eavor’s technology, known as Eavor-Loop™, uses the natural heat of the earth like a giant rechargeable battery. Fluids are heated by the earth and circulated in a closed network of underground wellbores, unlocking a reliable and consistent energy source. Eavor’s technology differs from other forms of geothermal in that it is a scalable “go anywhere” solution, harvesting geothermal heat to generate dispatchable power and heat with zero emissions.

“Eavor is capable of designing and constructing this ORC power plant simultaneously with the drilling phase of the project due to our confidence in the thermal calculations and process engineering,” states Daniel Mölk, Eavor’s Germany Country Manager. “This demonstrates the specific nature and predictability of a closed-loop system and we are excited to have found a great partner in Turboden.”

“It is an extraordinary achievement to have an agreement like this in place prior to drilling and serves to maintain Turboden’s market leadership in Germany,” states Joseph Bonafin, Sales and Business Development Manager for Turboden, “This project aligns with Turboden’s mission to reduce global warming and the consumption of fossil fuels. Maintaining a process of continuous evolution is part of our DNA and Eavor is a perfect partner for us.”

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About Eavor:
Eavor (pronounced “Ever”) is a technology-based Energy company led by a team dedicated to creating a clean, reliable and affordable energy future on a global scale. Eavor’s solution (Eavor-Loop™) represents the world’s first truly scalable form of clean dispatchable power. Eavor achieves this by mitigating or eliminating many of the issues that have traditionally hindered geothermal energy. Eavor instead circulates a benign working fluid which is completely isolated from the environment in a closed-loop, through a massive subsurface radiator. This “radiator” simply collects heat from the natural geothermal gradient of the Earth via conduction, at geologically common and drilling accessible rock temperatures. Further inquiries: Eavor Technologies Inc.: www.eavor.com

About Turboden:
Turboden S.p.A., founded in 1980, is an Italian firm and a global leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems, highly suitable for distributed generation, that generate electric and thermal power exploiting multiple sources, such as renewables (biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy), traditional fuels and waste heat from industrial processes, waste incinerators, engines or gas turbines. Today, with more than 400 plants worldwide, Turboden expands its solutions with gas expanders and large heat pumps to play a broader role in the decarbonisation of the district heating sector and of some energy-intensive industrial processes.

Fluence and Rich Electric Announce Partnership to Deploy the First 100 MW level Battery-Based Energy Storage System in Taiwan

The project will be located in Hualien and support Taipower’s automatic frequency control services

Rich Electric’s Gridstack Energy Storage System

The 100 MW energy storage system will support Taipower’s automatic frequency control services.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fluence Energy, Inc. (“Fluence”) (NASDAQ: FLNC), a leading global provider of energy storage products and services, and digital applications for renewables and storage, today announced a strategic partnership with Rich Electric, a Taiwanese company with expertise in power conversion and battery-based energy storage systems. Through this partnership, Fluence and Rich Electric will deploy a 100 MW battery-based energy storage system in Hualien to support Taipower’s automatic frequency control (AFC) services. With a target completion of mid-2023, the project will be the first 100 MW level system in Taiwan, and is anticipated to be one of Fluence’s largest AFC projects in the country.

“Taiwan has become one of the most active energy storage markets in the Asia Pacific region. The growth momentum of the energy ecosystem is driven by a clear target and objectives for renewable energy and net zero emission set by the local government,” said Fluence SVP & President APAC Jan Teichmann. “Through this partnership with Rich Electric, we look forward to building a more resilient smart grid in Taiwan and accelerating the local energy transition.”

Taiwan is actively deploying energy storage systems to enhance the flexibility of power dispatch and avoid recurring power outages caused by intermittent renewable energy supplies. Taipower’s AFC services play a critical role in stabilizing the Taiwanese power grid. In Taiwan, Taipower has announced a target of 1,000 MW storage capacity by 2025, while Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning 500 MW storage capacity via ground mounted PV systems.

“Energy storage systems are indispensable to the deployment of grid-connected renewable energy systems,” said Rich Electric Chairman Eric Chen. “As a manufacturer with 35 years of experience in power electronics R&D, Rich Electric specializes in the development and integration of power conversion systems, battery management systems, and energy management systems. Our company is dedicated to creating grid-level energy storage and distribution solutions to provide a stable power supply. We are excited to work with Fluence, leveraging its rich industry experience and advanced technology in providing a quality power supply that meets Taipower’s standards. Together with Fluence, we look forward to creating a sustainable future in Taiwan.”

In April 2022, Fluence was awarded the Taoyuan Longtan ultra-high voltage substation project. With an investment of over TWD 2.6 billion and a capacity of 60 MW, it will be the largest energy storage project in the Taiwanese public sector and will account for 37.5 percent of Taipower’s total storage capacity. To date, Fluence has deployed or contracted more than 4.8 GW of energy storage systems globally. Fluence topped a recent global energy storage provider list with an 18 percent market share, according to IHS Markit’s 2021 survey.

About Fluence

Fluence Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLNC) is a global market leader in energy storage products and services, and digital applications for renewables and storage. With a presence in 30 global markets, Fluence provides an ecosystem of offerings to drive the clean energy transition, including modular, scalable energy storage products, comprehensive service offerings, and the Fluence IQ Platform, which delivers AI-enabled digital applications for managing and optimizing renewables and storage from any provider. Fluence is transforming the way we power our world by helping customers create more resilient and sustainable electric grids. For more information, visit our website, subscribe to our blog or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events, and their potential effects on our business. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance, and there can be no assurance that future developments affecting our business will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside Fluence’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences in expected results include but are not limited to the following: Taiwan’s steps and progress towards its storage capacity targets, delays in the completion of the commissioning phase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather, and related delays in readiness to enter Taipower’s AFC services in Hualien into the grid, and the outcome of testing and commercial operation of Taipower’s AFC services in Hualien. Fluence cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Additional information about factors that could materially affect Fluence is set forth under the “Risk Factors” section in its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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Alarm Over Oceans Heat Up Europe’s Summertime Politics

There is growing alarm among European and other environmentalists over what they say is governments’ failure to ensure healthy oceans, which are vital for food, jobs, biodiversity and clean air.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it an “ocean emergency.”

“Global heating is pushing ocean temperature to record levels, creating fiercer and more frequent storms,” he said. “Sea levels are rising, low-lying island nations face inundation, and some 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year.”

Those are just some of the threats facing the oceans, which cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. Overfishing, shipping and ocean wind turbines also pressure marine ecosystems.

At an ocean conference in Lisbon last week, Guterres and others called for faster, stronger protection measures. But green groups claim the meeting failed to deliver real progress.

Environmentalists hope for better results next month, when countries resume discussions on a global agreement to protect critical ocean ecosystems.

For some, that includes a ban on deep sea mining, which could start as early as 2023.

While countries like China are exploring mining opportunities, critics claim the practice could destroy fragile seabeds and ecosystems. Those critics include President Emmanuel Macron of France.

“I think we have to create the legal framework to stop the high sea mining, and to not allow new activities putting in danger these ecosystems,” Macron said. “We know almost nothing about the deep sea. We don’t know a lot about the ecosystem. It’s a very complex and slow ecosystem. It takes decades or even more for animals to grow.”

Tobias Troll, marine policy director for Seas at Risk, an umbrella group of more than 30 European environmental associations, said: “Imagine you put these robots down there — it can trigger all kinds of effects on this ecosystem which can trigger up into the food chain.”

In Europe and elsewhere, green groups are pushing countries to meet the ocean promises they’ve already made. That includes the European Union’s 2030 healthy oceans goals. A new environmental report card by six EU nonprofits finds the bloc met just one of eight progress markers last year.

“I think the underlying problem of the situation … is that there is a significant lack of policy coherence around EU legislation around the ocean,” Troll said. “For example, we have the marine strategy framework or the fisheries policy, but they don’t really work together.”

Troll said EU countries are also overselling the progress they’ve made. Marine protection is a case in point, he said, with only a tiny fraction of Europe’s marine habitat truly protected, contrary to official claims.

Source: Voice of America