A teacher in my Communication Class in High School once said: “If you children can memorize Eminem’s song, then you can surely memorize a 5 minute speech.”
She had a point there I thought. Eminem’s music was quite popular among us kids back then and I did know the lyrics out of my head…
So let’s give this 5 minute speech a try.
A course in heavy machinery
The building was closed, I had arrived way too early, so I decided to walk around before I would start my day on getting my heftruck and reachtruck certificate.
After walking a block or two I noticed the door was slightly open so I walked in. Our ‘ classroom’ was in a big, well, warehouse. Of course, what did I expect? A library and a chalk board?
The floor was concrete and racks were on the side walls, with stackable mesh stillages, empty and full basins as well as pallets. I saw an electric heftruck, reachtruck and what they call a stacker.
Hello? Anybody here? Good morning! – Clearly no one heard me coming in.
Aha…there is an upstairs.
A few years ago…
How did you guys manage to build such an infrastructure? When an electric vehicle charged on our infrastructure, we had a 20-day black out. – Argentina asked the Netherlands
A decade ago
Engineers started wondering what effect the changes in technology would have on the grid.
“Tesla Model S hacked: Researchers discover six security flaws in popular electric car.” At a time when cars are becoming more and more high-tech and connected with all kinds of management systems, the dangers of them becoming targets of hackers is increasing. According to the various articles on the subject, Tesla decided to actually hire hackers to see how far they could get. Smart move, I say.
Hackers used to be viewed as people who sat in the attic all day programming. No one really seemed to pay too much attention to hackers back then. Their world sounded complicated already, and very few tried to understand it. Hacking back then was a relatively accepted reputation and the term hacker was just a label slapped onto computer gurus who could push computer systems beyond defined limits.
We notice them when they are about to run out. Icons glow red, warnings flash. The curse of modern mobility: our battery’s about to give up.
As our world gets increasingly mobile-minded and we become more dependent on technology, we keep using them more and more and implementing them in an increasing amount of electronic devices including electric cars: batteries. But how are the batteries, that we so depend on, made and where do the resources come from?
El Salar de Uyuni, the second largest salt area in the world, with an area of 10,582 Km2 is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters in the highlands of Bolivia’s greatest mining town, Potosi.