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Hyundai Motor promises to make hydrogen energy widely available by 2040

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Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea’s second-largest corporation and parent company of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, pledged Tuesday to promote hydrogen energy in “everything” by 2040, including all modes of transportation and other areas such as homes, buildings, and power plants.

“The ambition of Hyundai Motor Group is to use hydrogen energy in all aspects of life and business, including our homes, offices, and factories. The goal is to make hydrogen accessible to everyone, everything, and everywhere “Chung Eui-sun, Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, stated during an online news conference.

Chung stated during the Hydrogen Wave media event that Hyundai hoped to help build a global hydrogen society by 2040 by extending hydrogen fuel cell technologies to fields other than transportation.

To meet the target, Hyundai planned to launch its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system in 2023, with costs decreased by more than 50%, overall package volume reduced by 30%, and power output doubled.

Hyundai’s third-generation fuel cell stack, which is currently being developed, will be available in two power configurations. The 100kW stack is 30% less in size, making it easier to adapt to diverse vehicle types, whilst the 200kW stack is geared for commercial vehicle applications and has its power output doubled.

Hyundai expects its fuel cell electric cars (FCEV) to reach a price point equivalent to battery electric vehicles by 2030, thanks to continuing technological advancement in fuel cell systems.

Hyundai will begin with commercial cars, which release more carbon dioxide and demand longer driving ranges than passenger vehicles. It wanted to fully electrify its commercial vehicle lineup, which included trucks and buses, by 2028 by using either batteries or fuel cells to decarbonize public transit and the logistics business.

Hyundai intended to apply hydrogen fuel cell systems to all modes of transportation, including vehicles, trains, planes, and ships, while also expanding the technology to other energy aspects such as providing electricity and warmth to buildings, urban energy sources, and power plants.

Hyundai’s efforts to support hydrogen energy as a new energy source and minimize reliance on fossil fuels aligned with South Korea’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated in October of last year that his government will work with the international community to efficiently reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050 in order to combat climate change.

South Korea’s parliament enacted a bill last week mandating the government’s objective of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, making the country the world’s 14th to codify carbon neutrality.

“Through the immense potential of hydrogen energy, the (Hyundai Motor) group aspires to deliver powerful and pragmatic solutions for tackling climate change,” stated Chairman Chung during the online news conference.

According to the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led initiative comprising energy, transportation industry, and investment businesses, hydrogen energy is expected to account for 18 percent of global energy demand by 2050, with a market size of 2.5 trillion US dollars.

According to the calculation, the widespread use of hydrogen energy will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 6 billion tons each year.

Hyundai Motor debuted the Tucson FCEV, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, in 2013, the NEXO, the next-generation fuel cell SUV, in 2018, and the XCIENT Fuel Cell, the world’s first heavy-duty fuel cell truck, in 2020.

In March, Hyundai started work on its first international fuel cell system factory in Guangzhou, China. According to Hyundai, the factory will begin by manufacturing 6,500 fuel cell systems per year and would steadily increase its capacity in order to supply market demand.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Microsoft introduces new Surface products ahead of Windows 11 launch

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On the threshold of Windows 11, Microsoft has revealed the largest update to the Surface products by the company. With improved and advanced PixelSense displays, pen technology, mics and cameras, powerful silicon and versatile form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to help the new Windows operating system Windows 11’s innovation to the next level.

The brand affords Microsoft an opportunity to push the edge of what can be done with consumer hardware, generally with a focus on blurring the line between categories like a laptop, tablet and, more recently, phone. The Surface track record has been a solid one, overall, though messing around with form factors means no one gets it 100% right 100% of the time.

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The newest product launched in tonight’s event was Surface Laptop Studio, a clever take on the two-in-one category that Microsoft has been bullish about forever, and the name fittingly pays homage to both the Surface Studio and Laptop, perhaps splitting the difference between the pair. Designed as an ideal product for developers, creative pros, designers and gamers, bringing users the power of a desktop, the portability of a laptop and a creative studio all in one.

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Microsoft also introduce upgraded new Surface Go, Pro and Pro X. The Go 3 gets a new Intel Core i3, which the company promises will offer up to 60% faster performance. The 10.5-inch system starts at $400 and will also add an LTE option, which is set to arrive at some point in the coming months. The Pro 8 two-in-one sports a 13-inch screen, 11th-gen Intel Core processors and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The thin and light Surface Pro X, meanwhile, runs on a Microsoft SQ2 ARM chip.

The new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard provides storage and charging capability for the new Surface Slim Pen 2, keeping it nearby and ready whenever inspiration strikes.

Providing a simple and delightful Pen experience is one way Microsoft enable the technology to fade into the background. The intuitive ability to put Pen to screen immerses users in their productive and creative endeavors, boosts retention and offers new levels of versatility.

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Microsoft has established a long-term commitment to sustainability and adaptability and has a commitment to becoming carbon negative, zero waste and water positive by 2030. To reach this goal Microsoft regularly evaluate every piece of the product and manufacturing processes through the lens of sustainability.

Every step matter on the journey toward greater sustainability. Microsoft in collaboration with SABIC has created a high-quality resin made of 20% recycled ocean plastic recovered or washed ashore from oceans and waterways. The Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from this resin, is an eco-friendly, comfortable accessory that takes small steps to reduce waste while putting a powerful accessory at users fingertips.

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Microsoft clearly wants you to upgrade your hardware to match if the convoluted system requirements are any indication. Surface products present a further sense of refinement to the line, in anticipation of Windows 11.

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is, admittedly, a bit gimmicky as the company is pushing hardware upgrades. In a more ideal world, all the company’s devices would be made of similar components. But hey, if it rescues plastics from the ocean, it’s a start. The Surface Adaptive Kit is a consumer-facing piece of what has been among the industry’s leading accessibility efforts.

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Amount of money sent from Maldives to Abroad by foreigners has decreased

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The amount of cash sent by foreigners to them over the sea accounts has decreased.

Central Bank of Maldives MMA’s statistics shows that in the past 6 months, the sum of cash that foreigners who live in the Maldives have significantly decreased. In the past 6 months, they have sent 22.1 billion dollars or 341 million rufiyaa. But in the second quota foreigners had sent 9.6 million dollars or 148 million rufiyaa.

The most amount of money was sent to Bangladesh, as Bangladeshi nationals are the majority of foreigners in the Maldives. They had sent 7 million dollars to Bangladesh. MMA’s calculations state that that is 50% of the money sent out from the country to another country. The second-largest sum of money sent from the Maldives to other countries was India and Egypt.

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STELCO has stopped packaging water in plastic bottles.

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State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) has stopped packaging water in plastic bottles.

STELCO’s media official informed that production using one-time-use plastics will be stopped. STELCO has temporarily stopped their production and sale of plastic water bottles as they are researching an environmentally conscious and sustainable option. STELCO’s managing director Hassan Mughnee has noted that they will be introducing glass bottle options very soon.

In order to stop single-use plastics in the company, STELCO has provided alternative options in their offices as well, by installing water dispensers in each department. In STELCO’s department stores, instead of plastic shopping bags, they have changed to paper bags as well. And it has been banned to bring in one time use plastics into STELCO’s building.

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