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Davos 2020 Focuses on Sustainability, CC

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More Than 100 Billionaires in Attendance



Several Global Corporations Rising to the CC Challenge The 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is now underway.  It opened with President Donald Trump saying "America is thriving, flourishing and winning again", just hours before his impeachment trial began in Washington, DC.  The Forum is focused on sustainability, sustainable business and accelerating action globally to thwart Climate Change.  Mr. Trump is not expected to discuss Climate Change, which he doesn't believe in.  Climate activist 17 year old Greta Thunberg, Time's Person of the Year, will also give a keynote address.  There are more than 2,000 participants including 113 billionaires.  Interestingly on the eve of the Forum, several global companies have announced detailed plans to combat Climate Change.
Nestle, Amazon, Microsoft, Black Rock Swiss food giant Nestle is investing $2 billion to use recycled plastics and cut its use of new plastics by 1/3rd b…

Subaru Aggressive EV Plan

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Targets 2030's To Sell EVs Only

Aims for Carbon Free Society Japan's Subaru Corp. just announced that it's targeting the first half of the 2030's to sell only electric cars worldwide.  The automaker has a long term goal of helping to foster a carbon free society.  Subaru's plan is bold and ambitious.  It comes just as Subaru announced an intensified relationship with Toyota to essentially share the costs of developing new technologies for electric and self-driving cars.
Detailed Plan Subaru has a series of specific targets it wants to meet in order to go all-electric.  First, it will develop a "strong hybrid" that will include Toyota technologies. The "strong" hybrid is believed to be in concept stage right now. The strong hybrid will complement its current line-up of hybrids and hybrid plugins.  It's also building an all-battery vehicle with Toyota.  Both new vehicles should be available later in this decade.
2030 and Beyond Subaru says their…

For Smartphone, Virtual Keyboard

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Samsung's SelfieType with Selfie Camera


Powered by Cameras and AI Samsung is developing a virtual keyboard for smartphones.  It uses AI and image recognition to create an invisible keyboard.  The purpose is to increase productivity by increasing the size of the keyboard for you to work on.  The system creates the virtual keyboard on hard surfaces like a desk.
Fascinating Practicality The market potential for this input method is significant because many people find it cumbersome to type on a touchscreen.  Samsung's invention relies on the phone's front facing selfie cameras and AI.  The system analyzes and translates finger movements into typing commands.  All, in real-time.  No additional components are needed.  This could become part of some Galaxy phones and tablets in the near future through a software update. 

US Renewable Energy Investments Soar

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Green Tech Investments Up 28% in US 2019, a Record


Wind and Solar Lead the Way
Despite the Trump Administration's views on Climate Change and renewable energy, US companies broke records in their investments in green technology in 2019.  Investments hit $55.5 billion, which is up 28%.  That catapulted the US to second place in renewable energy investments behind China, whose financial bet on renewables fell 8% to $83 billion. Clearly, China remains the far ahead leader in pushing renewables.  Europe's renewable energy investments fell 7% to $54 billion, right behind the US. Interestingly, Brazil's financial investment soared by 74% to $6.5 billion.  The data was collected by Bloomberg.

New Green Energy Technologies
The big investment push in the US for new renewable energy technologies and expansions is by wind and solar energy companies.  They're rushing to qualify for federal tax credit that end later this year.  There is growing sentiment across the US that renewables…

Flying Taxi Fueled by Investors

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Joby Aviation's $590 Million Investor Infusion



Toyota Lead Investor There's a flying taxi readying for takeoff.  Joby Aviation, which develops electric flying taxis, has secured $590 million in investment money.  Toyota is the lead player at $394 million, followed by Intel Capital, Jet Blue VC and Toyota's AI Ventures.  Joby Aviation, headquartered in northern California, has developed a very impressive VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle.
Electric VTOL Joby's flying taxi goes up to 200 mph, 150 miles + on a single charge, is 100-times more quiet than conventional aircraft and has zero carbon emissions.  The vehicle seats 4 passengers, vertically takes off like a helicopter and smoothly transitions to forward flight.  The $590 million is the biggest investment ever made in a flying taxi company.
Big Players eVTOLs are the hottest category of flying cars.  Six urban air mobility vehicles are currently moving forward in the FAA's certification process. The playe…

India's Green Auto Expo 2020

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Clean, Green Vehicles that Cut Emissions to be Showcased




Green Vehicles and Clean Technology
India's Auto Expo 2020 opening in February will showcase green, clean, primarily electric vehicles developed by global automakers.  65 brand new vehicles will be showcased along with cutting edge technologies.  Organizers in India say there will be new emissions technology, safety tech and advanced connectivity through SIM cards embedded in vehicles.

Big China Presence
Six big China automakers are coming to display their cutting edge vehicles, including Great Wall Motor Company.  Great Wall's top leadership is coming and bringing a Chinese press delegation of 100 members.  85% of  global automakers are participating.  Many of the participants are expected to showcase their BS-VI technology that's targeted at cutting carbon emissions. Much tougher emissions standards are going into effect in India to dramatically cut toxic pollution from vehicle exhaust.

Green Energy Tech Startup from MIT

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Eden GeoPower
Cleaner Oil Extraction Eden GeoPower is a green energy startup founded by MIT PhD. candidate Paris Smalls and Saudi Aramco geophysicist Ammar Alali who recently graduated from the University of Houston.  They've invented a unique, electric and environmentally sound technology that provides much cleaner and environmentally sound oil and gas extraction.
Fracking Wells Current fracking techniques rely on water under high pressure to extract oil and gas.  The process generates runoff that is highly polluted and can seep into groundwater.  Eden GeoPower offers a Pulsed Electric Reservoir Stimulation technology that's inexpensive and environmentally correct.  The process is not water intensive and results in no water runoff and no noise pollution.  It's a cleaner energy alternative in extracting gas and oil. The process results in higher extraction rates of oil and gas from fracking wells without causing environmental damage and big noise pollution.
Market Potential