#37. 🏡Green architecture | ✨Nuclear fusion details | 🖲️MIPS & Mobileye's next-gen AV/ADAS
Plus: Large herbivores' climate benefit | 2023 humanitarian crises | How wind turbines are made | Swedish airport solar | Waymo's revenue rides in SF | Lyft's EV incentives
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🌡 CLIMATE CHANGE
This is a fairly deep dive into an alternative, beneficial view towards’ the large lumbering beasts’ impact on climate change. The animals’ removal of otherwise flammable plants; fertilization of the soil with their excrement; and trampling of snow and polar region shrubs to help maintain permafrost, all provide non-negligible benefits to the climate. The latter point, in particular, helps maintain the Earth’s “albedo,” its reflectivity of solar energy.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, global ESG assets may exceed approximately $41 trillion this year and reach $50 trillion by 2025. RMZ, an Indian company, is committed to creating sustainable spaces and has started a sustainability transformation path to improve its current ecological and social performance. This includes measuring the environmental impact of its operational assets, setting goals to achieve net zero carbon emissions, and adopting technologies to reduce energy consumption, water usage, and waste generation.
A recent study by the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC) has projected an acceleration in climate-fueled humanitarian crises through 2023; already the number of people suffering under the crushing effects of weather disasters has surged to nearly 340 million, up from 81 million in 2014.
🔋 CLEAN ENERGY
This is a fascinating overview of the astonishing construction of wind turbines, both land-based and offshore.
After yesterday’s preliminary announcement, today we have the salient details on the history-making event: 2.05 MJ of energy were used to engage the fusion reactor which produced 3.15 MJ of power, i.e., a net production of 1.1 MJ, or just 0.3 kWh, about 36% of a Tesla Model Y Long Range battery. So, not much, but it’s a start.
The solar farm will be installed around the runway of an airport and produce 90 MW of power, or enough for up to 16,000 homes in Sweden per year. It should be online by 2025.
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🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
With its submitted permit request — a process that could take months — to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Waymo is playing catchup to rival Cruise, so far, the only AV company certified to offer revenue rides in San Francisco.
Intel’s Mobileye has partnered with MIPS, a leading developer of RISC processor IP, to license new MIPS eVocore P8700 multiprocessors for use in its latest System on a Chip (SoC) for advanced driver-assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. MIPS' eVocore P8700 multiprocessor cores are the first MIPS products based on the open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) and offer best-in-class power efficiency for use in SoC applications. The high scalability of the cores makes them well suited for compute-intensive tasks across a range of markets and applications, including automotive.
Drivers can now collect an extra $150 per week, up to $8,100 total, by completing 50 EV rides per week, if they add a qualifying EV to their account by the end of 2023. Drivers can also get discounts on public EVgo charging, Level 2 home charger software, and 7% cashback on public charging with a Lyft Direct credit card. Lyft’s goal is to be 100% EV within 8 years.
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