Consumption Week 15
My notes from some of the media I consumed this week.
World Car Awards - 2023 Voting Results
- A good year for Hyundai-Kia!
Genesis unveils innovative and hassle-free Plug & Charge program for electric vehicle (EV) customers
- Genesis now offers its customers Plug & Charge. Drivers simply pull up, plug in and charge - no need for a mobile app or a payment card.
- JG: This is undoubtably the future - ideally with cross-compatibility/interoperability, so it works with a range of chargers (currently it only works with Shell ones).
NIO battery swap: faster than any EV rapid charger! – DrivingElectric
- Excellent idea! It’s existed for scooters/mopeds in Asia for ages - glad it’s finally an option for cars too.
How Corporations Use Carbon Offsets to Pollute More - Distilled
- Shell’s “carbon offsets” they take from customers goes to protecting a forest… That was already protected.
UK regulator slams Etihad Airways for ‘exaggerating’ eco-credentials in ads
- The initiatives mentioned by Etihad, such as reducing single-use plastics and using more efficient aircraft, were also deemed insufficient to evidence a “sustainable aviation” claim.
Climate change to increase lifetime of space pollution
- Increasing levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere will result in a long-term decline in air density at high altitudes, according to new research from British Antarctic Survey. Such decreased density will reduce drag on objects orbiting in the upper atmosphere, between 90 and 500 km altitude, extending the lifetime of space debris and elevating the risk of collisions between debris and satellites.
A new tiny bio-battery could provide power for a century or more
- They found that their “bio-battery,” which is indigestible, could potentially provide a charge for up to 100 years if configured correctly.
- The fuel cell is about the size of a U.S. dime and is sealed with a strip of Kapton tape, which can endure temperatures between -500 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit. The cell is activated when the tape is removed, and moisture is allowed to enter it. When this happens, the bacteria combined with a chemical germinant are encthe battery can store 6,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for six hours.er to power an LED, a digital thermometer, or a small clock.
China: ‘World’s largest’ iron-chromium flow battery set for commercial use
- The battery can store 6,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for six hours.
Japanese Rail Workers Build Adorable Track Underpasses For Turtles