Big wind energy for California in Pac Ocean
Killer robocops in San Francisco? Hell no!
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December 12, 2022
Topics: Wind power, California, electric air-taxis, United Airlines, Natron, Kore Power, tech, Arizona, ZEVX, EVs, robocops, Neuralink
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🌬️History made in California Finally on Wednesday, the U.S. Interior Department announced that 5 companies have been selected to provide clean, wind energy for roughly 1.6 million homes. Two sites are in the Pacific Ocean waters near Eureka and the other three are near Moro Bay.
Earlier this year, The Department auctioned six leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. According to the Wind Energy Foundation, wind and windmills have been an effective form of energy for over 7,000 years.
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🚁Airtaxis from United Airlines AGREEN1 shed light on air-taxis in the August 23, 2021 issue. Recently, United Airlines said it anticipates first deliveries of their short route electric aircrafts by 2026. These new vehicles are called eVTOLs (electric vertical take off and landing), and UA placed an order for 100 with Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) and another 200 vehicle order with Eve Air Mobility (NYSE: EVE).
Electric air-taxis are in the process of gaining acceptance with regulators and the FAA. Just imagine yourself taking an air-taxi to a destination 150 miles away. Ticket cost for one-way, around $130.
✈️United Airlines leaning forward into modern life As an aviation industry leader, United Airlines wants to be the first to electrify its operations (both ground and air) and address its climate impact. The Chicago-based airline is working towards introducing clean fuel-based passenger jets, and recently started electrifying its ground equipment.
Nearly 30% of UA ground equipment is powered by electricity. United Airlines wants to power with rest using American-made sodium-ion batteries. On November 30 UA announced that it is investing in Natron Energy, a sodium-ion-based battery manufacturer, making it the first airline to do so. UA will also use Natron's sodium-ion-based stationary battery storage for backup power in its airports.
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🔋Arizona building more batteries Kore Power, Inc is one of the battery solutions companies that recently stemmed out in the U.S., thanks to federal government grants. Expecting to produce up to 6 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery cells per year beginning in 2024, Kore recently announced that it raised about half the money required to build its Gigafactory in Arizona.
The Idaho-based lithium-ion battery startup stated earlier this year that it needs about $150 million for the project. It will also produce its battery cells with locally-sourced raw materials. Kore Power is hiring!
⚡EV conversions Gilbert, Arizona-based ZEVX will partner with Colonial Equipment Company, a mid-Atlantic based fleet-solutions organization, to bring EV conversions for Class 2-4 commercial vehicles. By repowering existing assets, commercial trucking fleets can become electrified in weeks.
The President of Colonial Equipment Company stated: "... Our partnership with ZEVXcomplements our comprehensive strategy for providing industry leading EV services and conversion sales by tapping into the deep technical expertise and many years of experience our staff has in fleet vehicle service and support". ZEVX is hiring!
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🌉RoboCops in San Francisco? There is a saying that extreme circumstances demand extreme measures. In law enforcement, it can mean using technology-powered devices, such as robots, to fight serious crimes. In fact, in July 2016, the Dallas Police Department employed a robot to end a homicide case that otherwise would have resulted in more deaths of police officers. The belief that tech can play a significant role in ensuring more safety for officers and the general public, has been recommended by the San Francisco Police Department.
Their proposal was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on November 29 with a 8-3 vote. Then, on December 6, the Board reversed course and has now bannedthe use of robots for deadly force in the SFPD. This is a perfect example of having a seat at the table, a voice, when tech is being asserted on our lives.
🤞Neuralink brain implants Another company owned by Elon Musk is called Neuralink. On November 30, the company held one of its events, dubbed “show and tell,” to share its progress on the technology and everything the Neuralink device will be able to do. Speaking during the event, Elon Musk shared that they have begun testing the technology on animals and might start human testing in about six months if the US Food and Drug Administration approves of it.
The Neuralink website states: "Every day we’re building better tools intended to communicate with the brain. With the right team, the potential applications for this technology are limitless."
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