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Apr 20, 2022

Bold use of green tech can foster a new era of sustainable growth

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

Imagine growing crops with 95% less water, or producing meat through methods that free up 80% of the world’s agricultural land. And how about eliminating the CO2 of global supply chains by simply moving production facilities closer to customers and cutting the parts used in the final product a hundredfold? What might sound like crazy ideas are solutions available today through green technologies.

Green tech describes the technology and science-based solutions that mitigate the negative human impact on the environment in a broad range of fields from agriculture to construction. Sixteen per cent of global emissions are caused by transportation, 19% by agriculture, 27% by energy production, 31% by construction and production, with the remaining 7% caused by heating. Green technologies can be applied in all of these CO2-emitting sectors, thus offering broad solutions for sustainable growth.

Apr 20, 2022

Nvidia’s GPU-powered AI is creating chips with ‘better than human design’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

10 people will take the better part of a year to port a new technology library. Now we can do it with a couple of GPUs running for a few days.

Nvidia has been quick to hop on the artificial intelligence bus一with many of its consumer facing technologies, such as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AI-accelerated denoising exemplifying that. However, it has also found many uses for AI in its silicon development process and, as Nvidia’s chief scientist Bill Dally said in a GTC conference, even designing new hardware.

Dally outlines a few use cases for AI in its own development process of the latest and greatest graphic cards (among other things), as noted by HPC Wire.

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Apr 20, 2022

Tesla has now more than 100,000 people in its Full Self-Driving Beta program — is an accelerated rate of improvement coming?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the automaker has now more than 100,000 people in its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta program.

Does it mean that we are going to start seeing an accelerated rate of improvement?

FSD Beta has been a “two steps forward, one step back” type of program.

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Apr 20, 2022

Forget the Jet. The ‘World’s First Private Helicopter’ Is Hitting the Skies Next Year

Posted by in category: transportation

Designed for personal use, the Hill HX50 chopper starts at roughly $648,000.

Apr 19, 2022

How Close Are We to Rocket-Delivered Cargo and an Earth Starport Transportation Network?

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Will cargo and people soon be travelling by rocket around the planet? A number of companies and the U.S. Department of Defence are counting on it.

U.S. Department of Defence invests in Rocket Cargo while Toronto-based Digital Habitats is planning a global network for rocket travel.

Apr 19, 2022

NASA’s supersonic aircraft X-59 successfully completes its critical ground tests

Posted by in category: transportation

Apr 18, 2022

The Hydrogen Stream: Fuel cell engines for stationary power uses

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering, transportation

Countries, especially potential exporters, should improve hydrogen statistics to justify and promote investments in hydrogen. The measures should result from broad cooperation, also intended to standardize and homogenize measurements, said Columbia University‘s Anne-Sophie Corbeau. “Countries could start working together to determine how best to collect hydrogen data, both on the demand and production sides, and include existing consumption as well as potential future consumption in new sectors. Statistics on the demand side need to anticipate new uses in buildings, industry, transport, and power, as well as account for hydrogen’s potential use to produce other energy products such as ammonia and methanol,” the French scholar wrote on Monday.

Vancouver-based First Hydrogen has identified four industrial sites in the United Kingdom and is advancing discussions with landowners to secure land rights to develop green hydrogen production projects. It said it would be working with engineering consultants Ove Arup & Partners Limited (ARUP) for engineering studies and designs. “The sites are all in prime industrial areas spread strategically across the North and South of the United Kingdom and will each accommodate both a large refueling station — for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles with on-site hydrogen production, to serve the urban areas of Greater Liverpool, Greater Manchester, the London area, and the Thames Estuary — and a larger hydrogen production site of between 20 and 40 MW, for a total for the four sites of between 80 MW and 160 MW,” First Hydrogen wrote on Monday. The Canadian company wants to use the production facilities to serve customers of its automotive division. “First Hydrogen’s green hydrogen van is to begin demonstrator testing in June with final delivery for road use in September 2022.”

Apr 17, 2022

Grid-Scale Storage Solutions — Plastic & Freeze/Thaw Battery Edition

Posted by in categories: business, energy, transportation

Plastic and molten salt batteries may be the key to grid-scale energy storage.

Electricity is a marvelous thing. It can power every manner of machine and digital device, but it is ephemeral. It has to be used as soon as it is created or it is lost forever. The trick to making it serve the needs of humanity is to store it, and to do that, you need a battery.

There are hundreds of ways to make a battery — the Romans did it with copper and iron in a lemon juice bath. But not all of those storage techniques are practical in the real world. Some are too heavy, others too bulky. Many are too costly or use materials that are too scare. Nickel has long been a major component of today’s lithium-ion batteries, but upheavals in some countries masterminded by criminal leaders have caused it to triple in price recently.

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Apr 17, 2022

Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste Into Diamond Batteries That Could Last For Thousands Of Years

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, transportation

Crossrail, or the Elizabeth Line, is set to revolutionize London transport, with high-speed trains running from east to west underneath the UK capital.

Apr 17, 2022

Inside London’s new $25B ‘Super Tube’

Posted by in category: transportation

Crossrail, or the Elizabeth Line, is set to revolutionize London transport, with high-speed trains running from east to west underneath the UK capital.

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