Good News 1.12.21

Written by on December 2, 2021

Global student prize - Excellence in Renewables Innovation

Jeremiah Thoronka has just won Global Student First Prize for Excellence in Innovation. He invented a machine which delivers electricity to homes by absorbing kinetic energy from vehicles passing over roadways. The device needs no batteries or external power infrastructure, doesn’t rely on changing weather patterns, and can power 150 small homes, and 15 schools, totalling services to more than 10,000 people.
Jeremiah grew up in a camp for for displaced people during the Sierra Leon civil war, and as a consequence, firewood and charcoal were his only energy sources. This gave him a passion to find a better way to produce clean sustainable energy.
At 17 he launched his startup, Optim Energy, to power homes via kinetic energy transfer. Once buried under a road, it converts heat, pressure and movement into electrical currents without anyone being aware of it.
3,500 people entered the competition, and Jeremiah was rewarded for his work at the Chegg.org by coming 1st. Hugh Jackman presented him with the $100,000 award.

EU bans import of materials which cause deforestation

Importers of some raw materials to the EU, will now have to provide the source where their materials came from, to prove the land has no current deforestation. They’ll be required to give the exact geographic co-ordinates for the land where the materials were produced. 
These products include beef, coffee, cocoa, soy, palm oil and wood, as well as all the products made from these materials, such as chocolate, and furniture.

A deforested area close to Sinop in Mato Grosso state, on August 7, 2020. AFP PHOTO/FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR

 

Companies must be able to prove the land has not been deforested since 31st December 2020 to be considered “deforestation free”.

Mac Rumours - Air Charging

Is Air Charging coming to a device near you?! Apple is rumoured to be woking on both reverse charging, and over the air charging. However there is no timeline forthcoming.
Apple is still working on a ‘multi device’ wireless charging system. Once something was promised called the ‘AirPower Charging Mat’, however it’s manufacture was cancelled, amid overheating issues.
There is now talk that Apple is working on an AirPower successor. Something which would be truly wireless technology. Charging over the airwaves, as Nicola Tesla once envisioned in the 1890’s.
Apple is rumoured to be developing a system where an iPad can charge an iPhone, and an iPhone can charge AirPods, in a reverse charge way. However, it’s likely this can be achieved without direct physical contact between the devices. There is no speculative timeline for these innovations though.
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