Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple is sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities, including its headquarters in California, its data centers, and retail stores in 43 countries.

The sources of renewable energy are solar, wind, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation systems that use turbines in free-flowing waterways to supply clean energy.

In addition, 23 of its manufacturing partners will be producing Apple products with 100% clean energy.  In so doing, Apple establishes itself as the leader in 100% reliance on clean energy to power all production across its supply chain.

This post is based on the ABC News article, Apple’s headquarters, facilities now powered by 100 percent renewable energy, by Andrea Miller, April 12, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Ververidis Vasilis.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities?

Guidance: Apple’s internal operations are sustainable; Apple is joining with other technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft in mitigating energy security, climate, and air pollution health issues associated with fossil fuels

2. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in having its manufacturing partners commit to producing Apple products with 100% clean energy?

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Zipline Drones to the Rescue

Zipline Drones to the Rescue

April 15, 2018

Zipline, which launched its drone delivery service for life-saving blood supplies in Rwanda in October 2016, now reveals the next generation of autonomous drones, the fastest commercial drones on earth.

With about a 30 minute delivery time, blood can now quickly reach a population of 10 million people who utilize hospitals and clinics across the rugged and mountainous country.  Drones are launched from a distribution center, and the fixed-wing planes cruise at speeds of about 101 km/h to their destinations where the boxed blood is then parachuted to the ground.

With a top speed of 128 km/h, they are four times faster than traditional quadcopters, and their range is much greater.  The new drone will make it possible to launch a fulfillment order within one minute of its receipt, as compared to the previous ten minutes, and the number of daily delivery flights will increase from 50 to 500.

Zipline, whose logistics were mapped with help from UPS, has saved many lives since its inception by delivering critical blood in a timely way.

This post is based on two articles: DroneLife.com’s 1 Minute Fulfillment. 101 KPH Delivery. Zipline Announces New Drones, by Miriam McNabbon, April 4, 2018, Continue reading

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