SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Growing demand for smart thermostats, wind turbines and other high-tech devices is expected to keep copper the dominant material used in electrical components, industry players said, offsetting rising use of aluminum, a cheaper alternative to conduct electricity. That bodes well for the likes of Chilean producer Codelco, Rio Tinto Plc and other major copper miners, who are investing billions of dollars to bring new supplies of the metal online during the next 20 years. Copper is used to make motors, batteries, wiring and other goods as it is the best electrical-conducting metal, after silver. Aluminum, which is lighter and cheaper than copper, shares some of these traits, but is more corrosive and brittle than its red rival and only about 60 percent as conductive. “Copper is going to be central to the green revolution,” Charlie Durant, a CRU analyst, said at the World Copper Conference this week in Santiago. So-called smart-home systems - such as … [Read more...] about From turbines to thermostats: Copper miners eyes high-tech demand
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Porsche recently confirmed the production version of the Mission E would be called the Taycan, and now the automaker has released additional information about its upcoming electric vehicle. Set to debut next year, the Taycan will have an 800 volt electrical system and two electric motors that produce a combined output in excess of 592 HP (441 kW / 600 PS). This will enable it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 12 seconds. Furthermore, the model will have a range in excess of 500 km (310 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle. While the company has previously confirmed those numbers, the automaker noted the Taycan will have two “permanently excited synchronous motors, like those deployed in the Le Mans–winning 919 Hybrid.” Billing them as the “turbos of the electric motor milieu,” the motors generate a permanent rotary motion that can be applied at any time without needing to be … [Read more...] about Porsche Taycan Employs Two High-Tech Electric Motors, Puts Out 600+ HP
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement DealBook Supported by ByJamie Condliffe July 11, 2018 Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them. __________ A series of deals announced over the past week is designed to help German car manufacturers take a bigger slice of the world’s largest automobile market — and China develop its vision for the future of cars. Beijing has been vocal about its desires for electric and driverless cars. It is introducing aggressive rules to ensure that many of the new cars put on its roads have electric or hybrid engines. And autonomous vehicles are a key part of its Made in China 2025 plan to dominate important new technologies. To aid that effort, it has promised to open up its auto industry to foreign carmakers, a move that it has now doubled … [Read more...] about China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.
Whether we're talking about political, economic or social change, no development has had as big an impact on global society as tech. It is a sector that impacts every aspect of our lives.Political campaigns are fought and won on social media. Huge advances in artificial intelligence mean we now work alongside robots. Transportation has never been as easy and seamless thanks to innovative solutions in the palm of our hand.So much of this early progress emerged from Silicon Valley, the small stretch of land in Northern California that runs from San Jose to Palo Alto.While its heart remains in San Francisco, today's tech industry now reaches across the globe. Tech hubs have emerged in all corners of the world, and rather than competing with the Valley, these new hubs are creating innovation on a global scale.Of the world's top five 'unicorns', three are companies less familiar to many in the West: Didi Chuxing, Xiaomi, Meituan Diaping. All of them come from China.The Far East was … [Read more...] about The global tech hubbub: Why it’s no longer Silicon Valley or bust
Blueprint Robotics is a new Baltimore company with small, temporary offices, just 13 employees and big ambitions to use technology to revolutionize the homebuilding industry. So far, so start-up.But the firm, led by former executives at the Rouse Co. and Crate & Barrel, plans to employ more than 60 people by midsummer. It's about to relocate to a new 200,000-square-foot warehouse on Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore, where it's creating a high-tech manufacturing plant.Blueprint sees an opportunity to change the way homes and other buildings get constructed in the United States — using robotics to make the process faster, more precise and less wasteful. Such offsite construction practices are used widely in other parts of the world."People have called us a start-up with an asterisk," said CEO and co-founder Jerome D. "Jerry" Smalley, 66, who has been in real estate for decades, including as vice chairman at the Rouse Co. "The reason is the technology is not a start-up. … [Read more...] about Robotic, pre-fab homebuilding manufacturer brings plant, jobs to Baltimore