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/C O R R E C T I O N -- Montana Technologies/

In the news release, Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition II Corp. (XPDB) and Montana Technologies Exceed $50 Million in Private Capital Commitments, Led by Carrier and Rice Investment Group, Expected to Satisfy Minimum Cash Condition and Clears the Way for Montana's Planned Business Combination with XPDB Currently Scheduled for March 12th, 2024, issued 04-Mar-2024 by Montana Technologies over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the Ajay Agrawal quote in the third paragraph has been replaced. The complete, corrected release follows:

Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition II Corp. (XPDB) and Montana Technologies Exceed $50 Million in Private Capital Commitments, Led by Carrier and Rice Investment Group, Expected to Satisfy Minimum Cash Condition and Clears the Way for Montana's Planned Business Combination with XPDB Currently Scheduled for March 12th, 2024

Fuels Launch of Recently Announced Joint Venture Between GE Vernova and Montana Technologies to Commercialize the AirJoule® Technology for Atmospheric Water Generation and Carrier Air Conditioning Products

Parties Will Leverage a Global Supply Agreement With BASF, One of the World's Largest Chemical Companies and Manufacturer of Adsorbent Material at Scale, and Strategic Partnerships with CATL, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Rice Investment Group

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RONAN, Mont., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Montana Technologies LLC ("Montana") today announced the execution of commitments by third parties to invest in excess of $50 million led by Carrier and Rice Investment Group. The private capital commitments are expected to satisfy the minimum cash condition and clear the way for Montana's planned business combination with Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition II Corp. (NASDAQ: XPDB, XPDBU, XPDBW), which is currently scheduled for March 12th, 2024.

Montana Technologies (PRNewsfoto/XPDB,Montana Technologies)
Montana Technologies (PRNewsfoto/XPDB,Montana Technologies)

"We are incredibly fortunate to have financial backing from, and industrial partnerships with, GE Vernova, Carrier, BASF, CATL, and the Rice Family," said Matt Jore, CEO of Montana. "Their combined support and technical expertise will help scale the production of Montana Technologies' AirJoule® solution, supporting our efforts to tackle two of the planet's largest challenges -- growth of comfort cooling and demand for water."

Ajay Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Global Services, Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer, Carrier, said, "We are committed to investing in both sustainable and disruptive solutions that will better our planet for generations to come. That's why we are excited to be joined by the Rice Investment Group to capitalize the launch of our joint efforts with Montana and GE Vernova to commercialize a new line of high-efficiency air conditioning systems."

The AirJoule® joint venture, which will be called AirJoule LLC, will also leverage a global supply agreement with BASF to produce the new sorbent materials at production scale. The joint venture follows the recent execution of an agreement between Montana and Carrier Corp. to commercialize the AirJoule® technology in Carrier's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) products throughout the Americas, Europe, India, and the Middle East.

The AirJoule® system utilizes a self-regenerating pressure swing adsorption method to harvest thermal energy and pure water from air. Incorporating GE Vernova's sorbent innovations into this proprietary system has the potential to reduce electricity consumption as compared to conventional air conditioning cooling systems, resulting in a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions as well as a reduction, or in some cases elimination, of the use of refrigerants. In addition, the combined technologies are expected to be able to harvest pure, PFAS-free water from air at low costs, offering a potential solution to water scarcity around the world.

Pat Eilers, CEO of XPDB, said, "Having secured more than $50 million of committed financing, we anticipate being able to satisfy the minimum cash condition, which will clear the way for the closing of the business combination with Montana Technologies currently scheduled for March 12th, which is a testament to its transformational technology, global supplier, manufacturing, and commercialization partners in BASF, GE Vernova, CATL, and Carrier. AirJoule® is ideally situated to capitalize on a $455 billion TAM for HVAC and air-to-water applications."

About Montana Technologies
Montana Technologies is an atmospheric thermal energy and water harvesting technology company that provides efficient and sustainable air conditioning and pure water from air through its transformational AirJoule® technology. For more information, visit www.mt.energy.

About Carrier
Carrier Global Corporation, global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions, is committed to creating solutions that matter for people and our planet for generations to come. From the beginning, we've led in inventing new technologies and entirely new industries. Today, we continue to lead because we have a world-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do. For more information, visit corporate.carrier.com or follow Carrier on social media at @Carrier.

About Rice Investment Group
Rice Investment Group (Rice, RIG) is a multi-strategy investment fund backed by the Rice family. The Rice family founded Rice Energy, an Appalachian Basin focused natural gas operator that later merged with EQT Corporation to form the largest natural gas producer in North America. RIG invests in all verticals of the energy sector and focuses on situations where its technical, operational, and strategic expertise can add shareholder value. Rice has also sponsored two SPACs, Rice Acquisition Corp I (combined with Archaea Energy and Aria Energy, later sold to bp for $4 billion) and Rice Acquisition Corp II (combined with NET Power for $1.5 billion, NYSE: NPWR). For more information, visit www.riceinvestmentgroup.com.

About Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition II Corp
Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition II Corp (XPDB) is a blank check company incorporated in Delaware for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may be considered "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and within the meaning of the federal securities laws with respect to the Proposed Business Combination between XPDB and Montana, including statements regarding the benefits of the Proposed Business Combination, the anticipated timing of the Proposed Business Combination, the likelihood and ability of the parties to successfully consummate the Proposed Business Combination, the amount of funds available in the trust account as a result of shareholder redemptions or otherwise, the amount of funds to be invested by Rice, the impact, cost and performance of the AirJoule®  technology once commercialized, the services offered by Montana and the markets in which Montana operates, business strategies, debt levels, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of regulations and XPDB's or Montana's projected future results. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words "believe," "predict," "project," "potential," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "strategy," "future," "forecast," "opportunity," "plan," "may," "should," "will," "would," "should," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar expressions (including the negative versions of such words or expressions).

Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this document, including but not limited to: (i) the risk that the Proposed Business Combination may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of XPDB securities; (ii) the risk that the Proposed Business Combination may not be completed by XPDB's business combination deadline and the potential failure to obtain an extension of the business combination deadline if sought by XPDB; (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the Proposed Business Combination, including the approval of the Proposed Business Combination by XPDB's stockholders, the satisfaction of the minimum aggregate transaction proceeds amount following redemptions by XPDB's public stockholders and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals; (iv) the failure to obtain financing to complete the Proposed Business Combination and to support the future working capital needs of Montana; (v) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the Proposed Business Combination on Montana's business relationships, performance, and business generally; (vi) risks that the Proposed Business Combination disrupts current plans of Montana and potential difficulties in Montana's employee retention as a result of the Proposed Business Combination; (vii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against XPDB or Montana related to the agreement and the Proposed Business Combination; (viii) changes to the proposed structure of the business combination that may be required or appropriate as a result of applicable laws or regulations or as a condition to obtaining regulatory approval of the business combination; (ix) the ability to maintain the listing of the XPDB's securities on the NASDAQ; (x) the price of XPDB's securities, including volatility resulting from changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which Montana plans to operate, variations in performance across competitors, changes in laws and regulations affecting Montana's business and changes in the combined capital structure; (xi) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the Proposed Business Combination, including the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses in development programs, and the ability to identify and realize additional opportunities; (xii) the enforceability of Montana's intellectual property, including its patents, and the potential infringement on the intellectual property rights of others, cyber security risks or potential breaches of data security; and (xiii) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in XPDB's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K that are available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") at www.sec.gov and other documents filed, or to be filed with the SEC by XPDB, including the Registration Statement (as defined below). The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. There may be additional risks that neither XPDB or Montana presently know or that XPDB or Montana currently believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that will be described in XPDB's definitive proxy statement contained in the Registration Statement, including those under "Risk Factors" therein, and other documents filed by XPDB from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and XPDB and Montana assume no obligation and, except as required by law, do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Neither XPDB nor Montana gives any assurance that either XPDB or Montana will achieve its expectations.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It
In connection with the Proposed Business Combination, XPDB has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (the "Registration Statement") that includes a preliminary prospectus and preliminary proxy statement of XPDB. The definitive proxy statement/final prospectus and other relevant documents have been sent to all XPDB stockholders as of a record date established for voting on the Proposed Business Combination and the other matters to be voted upon at a meeting of XPDB's stockholders to be held to approve the Proposed Business Combination and other matters (the "Special Meeting"). XPDB may also file other documents regarding the Proposed Business Combination with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement/final prospectus will contain important information about the Proposed Business Combination and the other matters to be voted upon at the Special Meeting and may contain information that an investor will consider important in making a decision regarding an investment in XPDB's securities. Before making any voting decision, investors and security holders of XPDB and other interested parties are urged to read the Registration Statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the Proposed Business Combination as they become available because they will contain important information about the Proposed Business Combination.

Investors and security holders will also be able to obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement/final prospectus and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by XPDB through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to XPDB, 321 North Clark Street, Suite 2440, Chicago, IL 60654, or by contacting Morrow Sodali LLC, XPDB's proxy solicitor, for help, toll-free at (800) 662-5200 (banks and brokers can call collect at (203) 658-9400).

INVESTMENT IN ANY SECURITIES DESCRIBED HEREIN HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE SEC OR ANY OTHER REGULATORY AUTHORITY NOR HAS ANY AUTHORITY PASSED UPON OR ENDORSED THE MERITS OF THE OFFERING OR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

No Offer and Non-Solicitation
This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of XPDB, Montana or the combined company, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Press Contacts

Montana Technologies:
Andy Maas; Daniel Yunger
Kekst CNC
MTMediaInquiries@kekstcnc.com

 

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