Iberia Airbus hydrogen macro-projects attract Brussels subsidies: Iberia and Airbus are closing a macro project that allows them to access the 140,000 million euros that the European Union will inject into Spain to help cope with the pandemic, through European recovery funds, as published by The Economist.

It is an initiative that seeks to turn the country into a reference in sustainable aviation. The 3 ideas on which it pivots are the renewal of the fleet, the development of hydrogen aircraft and other sustainable fuels, that is, non-polluting, and digitalization, as can be seen in the graph they have prepared.

It is a plan to which, according to The Economist, Vueling will also be added and ideally will be one of the 15 or 16 projects that the Spanish Confederation of business organizations (CEOE) will present to the government to use the aforementioned funds.

For now the project, of more than 12,400 million euros, seeks that apart from EU grants also private entities provide funding. "The goal is that every euro received from Europe has a multiplier effect by three or four, which implies that companies will also invest funds," industry sources have explained to the same medium.

Hydrogen-powered aircraft are the Holy Grail of the aviation sector, increasingly sought after at a time when caring for the environment worries a large part of the world's population.

In that sense, in September the world's first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft took off, one that emits only water that has been driven by the British government. ZeroAvia, the company behind this aircraft, assures that its intention is to get hydrogen planes available in 3 years.

Iberia Airbus hydrogen macro-projects attract Brussels subsidies

Airbus has also assured that it is investigating this technology, as it could revolutionize Aviation if it succeeds—and they seek to lead the decarbonization of the entire sector -.

But airports are not adapted to this kind of progress, so generalizing hydrogen aircraft will mean that infrastructure and ground operations will also have to be adapted.

"It's not just a matter of creating hydrogen-based aircraft and getting them to work, we need the infrastructure on the ground to support everything," said Loughborough University aviation researcher David Gleave.

At the same time, governments are realizing how interesting it could be, economically and also in name, if they were the first to make zero-emission flights possible, so the British has launched the Jet Zero Council initiative.

Iberia Airbus hydrogen macro-projects attract Brussels subsidies

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Apple will pay more than 94 million euros to solve its 'batterygate': another research that pursues the obsolescence of its iPhones

Apple is going to pay more than 94 million euros, about 113 million dollars, to reach an agreement and avoid an investigation into the company's well-known practice: slowing down users ' old iPhones. A move that many consumers perceived as a strategy to force them to buy the new, more expensive models. The Washington Post reports.

Apple has not wanted to comment to Business Insider and assures that the payment does not imply that the multinational admits that it did wrong.

The known as batterygate is a scandal that arose in 2017 when customers began to realize that their devices were getting slower when new versions of Apple's software were downloaded. Apple eventually admitted that updates slowed older iPhones to prevent outdated batteries from randomly shutting down terminals. Many customers and critics questioned the move, and questioned whether it was not a strategy to force the sale of new models of the terminal, something the firm rejected.

This new research began in more than 30 US states, including Arizona, Arkansas or Indiana, according to a press release. The researchers accused Apple of being aware that its updates slowed down old devices but did not inform its customers. In addition to the fine, Apple has also pledged to seek more transparency in its movements.

"Big tech companies must stop manipulating their customers and explain the whole truth about their practices and products," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release. "I'm committed to keeping an eye on these tech goliaths when they hide important information from their users."

This is not the only economic sanction that Apple has received for this matter, but many of these fines do not cease to be a drop in the ocean compared to the company's revenue. Last month, Apple recorded more than dólares 26.4 billion in revenue from the sale of its iPhones alone during the last quarter. The French competition regulator fined Apple 25 million euros for the same reason. And in March, Apple agreed to settle another lawsuit in the same way, paying 2 25 to each affected user.

In fact, in July Apple offered this amount to iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus users who had experienced slowdowns on iOS 11.2 or higher after December 21, 2017. The offer ended in early October.

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