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China unveils its most advanced research vessel ‘Kexue’

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has declared that China’s most advanced, independently-made marine science expedition liner is ready for service after getting through official documentation on Friday, the Xinhua reported.

The 4,700-tonne vessel, “Kexue” (science) competent in conducting deep and open sea exploration and research, went under the development process in 2007, according to a CAS statement.

The statement declared that, “It is the country’s first maritime scientific expedition ship made with independent intellectual property rights.”

Kexue measures 99.8 meters in length with a maximum breadth of 17.8 meters.  Outfitted with unmanned, tether-attached submersibles, deep-towed exploration instruments and deep-sea grabs with live camera feeds, the vessel has an endurance of 15,000 nautical miles.

“The ship will focus on basic marine science research and the development of marine-related technology, serving as a mobile surface lab,” said Sun Song, head of the CAS Institute of Oceanology.

Lately, China has dynamically started intensifying its scientific accomplishments. An 8,000-tonne icebreaker is undergoing the design stage while its forerunner, the Ukraine-built Xuelong, is already versed in polar expeditions.

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Apple Launches a $300 Million Fund to Bring Clean Energy to China

In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as "China's Silicon Valley"

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The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said.
The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said. Pixabay

Amid heightened trade tensions between the US and China, tech giant Apple has joined hands with its suppliers to launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China.

The “China Clean Energy Fund” will invest in and develop clean-energy projects totalling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China, the equivalent of powering nearly 1 million homes, Apple said in a statement on Thursday.

“At Apple, we are proud to join with companies that are stepping up to address the climate challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said 10 of its initial suppliers have come forward to jointly invest in the nearly $300 million fund over the next four years.

“We’re thrilled so many of our suppliers are participating in the fund and hope this model can be replicated globally to help businesses of all sizes make a significant positive impact on our planet,” Jackson said.

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Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou. Pixabay

By virtue of its size and scale, the China Clean Energy Fund will give its participants the advantage of greater purchasing power and the ability to attain more attractive and diverse clean energy solutions.

The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said.

Also Read: Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Faster Performance And New Features for Pros

The announcement to invest in the clean energy fund in China follows Apple’s announcement earlier in 2018 that its global facilities are powered by 100 per cent clean energy and the launch of its Supplier Clean Energy Programme in 2015.

Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou.

In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”. (IANS)