#25. 🧫Frozen bacteria entering water | 🇫🇷France's offshore wind farm | 🇰🇷Seoul's AV buses
Also: 2021 Pac Northwest heatwave | Brazilian environmental criminals | BYD's 20 GWh battery factory | Tesla's EU Megapack | Tesla FSD Beta NA release | Caterpillar's BEV mining truck
🌡 CLIMATE CHANGE
A paper summarizes the potential causes of heatwave including global temperature increase; drying of soils (also caused by climate change); and a buckling of the jet stream. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, such an event was virtually impossible; in modern times, it was a once-in-200-years event; by 2050, it will likely be an every-10-years event.
Ice sheets from glaciers in the Canadian Arctic, European Alps, Greenland, and Svalbard harbor tens of thousands of bacteria per milliliter of water; the melting of these and other ice sheets around the world could release more than 100,000 tons of bacteria over the next 80 years with potentially devastating effects.
The US may implement sanctions by utilizing the Magnitsky Act sanctions to target environmental criminals in Brazil on the basis of human rights offenses.
🔋 CLEAN ENERGY
Rumors abound that the batteries could be sodium-ion batteries or possibly lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries. Alternatively, it’s possible BYD may be preparing to unveil the first mass-produced solid state batteries in the world. Either way, the factory should be online by the end of 2024.
France’s 480 MW Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm is fully operational and will provide up to 20% of the annual electricity consumption of the Loire-Atlantique region; enough for 700,000 people.
It can provide enough backup power for 300,000 UK homes for two hours.
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🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Tesla FSD Beta first launched in October 2020; since April 2022 there have been over 100,00 early testers of Tesla’s controversial system. It is now available to anybody who optioned their vehicles with Tesla’s Full Self Driving feature, currently a $15,000 option or $199/month subscription. It will also deploy with the FSD Beta v11. (Video review of an earlier build of Tesla FSD Beta.)
A startup acquired by Hyundai, 42dot (Crunchbase), has deployed its first pair of Level 4 autonomous buses around a 2.1 mi (3.38 km) loop around downtown Seoul’s Cheonggye Stream. Initial rides will be free during the launch period. A backup driver will remain on board to take over when needed.
During a demo run, the battery-electric mining truck drove a 7 km (4.3 mi) course fully loaded at speeds up to 60 km/h (37.3 mi/h). It also drove up a 1 km (0.6 mi) 10% incline at 7.5 mi/h (12 km/h), and back down again, successfully utilizing regenerative braking to recapture heat energy back to the battery.
🎉 THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY!
Thank you so much for reading, see you tomorrow!-Marc