Former Tesla VP of supply chain Peter Carlsson has kicked off an initial fundraising effort of 100 million euros for development of a 4 billion euro battery facility in Sweden. His company, NorthVolt, is planning to open a battery plant that is expected to output 32 GWh of battery capacity annually.
Carlsson reportedly described the fundraising effort as a “partnership round,Â” where the company is reaching out to carmakers, energy storage firms and other potential customers for revenue.
Â“Coming out of this partnership round and going into a larger financing round next, we see that it will look favourable to the financial market that we have a number of customers that have already shown commitment by investing in us,Â” Carlsson said in a phone interview with Bloomberg.
Peter Carlsson of NorthVolt (Source: NorthVolt)
If the companyÂ’s plans come to fruition, NorthVolt would add to the list of formidable rivals to TeslaÂ’s Gigafactory, which is also facing increasing competition in Germany and China.
NorthVolt is currently backed by a group of European investors in the environmental, energy and transportation industries. Innovation community InnoEnergy, ferry operator Stena, power company Vattenfall, sustainable growth fundraiser Vinnova, and the Swedish Energy Agency are the current prominent backers of the company.
The factory is expected to be fully operational in about six years, with groundbreaking slated for mid- to late 2018. Carlsson anticipates NorthVoltÂ’s first battery cell deliveres in late 2020.
After this round, the following round of fundraising is aimed at netting between 1.2 billion euros to 1.4 billion euros, which NorthVolt would need to fund the planÂ’s first phase. The company is reportedly also planning to build a facility with a production of 8 GWhÂ per year.
Carlsson also had an interesting way of describing his companyÂ’s usage of the materials for lithium-ion battery production and its impact.
When the whole factory is working, Carlsson told the new outlet that he plans to use Â“6 million meters of anode and cathode material Â… per day, we could dress the Equator with an anode-cathode layer every week, give or take.Â”
If NorthVolt can accomplish its plans, the former Tesla exec will certainly bring a jolt to the battery marketplace.
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By Jack Ryan
Here is the quote from Jehovah's Witnesses calling former members "mentally diseased"
Where in the scripture does it say that apostates are mentally diseased? I guess that's just their translation.
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Swedish police investigates, among other things, film shown at regional convention day 3Â
I don't have time to translate this now because I have to go now for the 2nd day of the special convention in Oslo
In 2005, a powerful tornado wiped out a little over one percent of Sweden’s forests. It doesn’t seem like a lot until you realize just how much excess timber the country was left with!
ATTACK SWEDEN Â September 5,2017
The suspected offender should have screamed "all of Jehovah's Witnesses will die". A statement the witness also stated for a police patrol at the crime scene.
Read on in Swedish:Â
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By Jack Ryan
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Polk County mother is outraged after she claims a school bus driver used her son to spread hate. Natalie Encarnacion told News Channel 8 that the bus driver, now identified as Violeta Jacobo, told her seven-year-old son he would go to hell for supporting his mom’s same-sex relationship. One afternoon, in the beginning of February, her son had missed his bus from Alta Vista Elementary School, so a different bus driver took him home. “He mentioned [to the bus driver] he was hoping his two mom’s wouldn’t be upset that he was home so late,” Encarnacion said. “She said ‘whoa God doesn’t like that,’ then she went on and on telling him how he wouldn’t make it into heaven and there is a such thing as hell.” She claims the bus driver even sent him home with a Jehovah’s Witnesses card, and hate in his heart. “Later that night, he explained why we should not be together anymore,” Encarnacion said. “He is absolutely questioning this now, something we have so smoothly transitioned into and never had any issues with.” Encarnacion said she contacted the school board and never heard back. She also contacted DCF. She told News Channel 8 the agency looked into the incident, but closed the case when they did not find any neglect. According to Polk County School Board Spokesperson Jason Geary, they are still reviewing the matter. However, they have spoken to the bus driver and instructed her that she must follow the code of ethical conduct. According to Geary, Violeta Jacobo is an active bus driver, employed since August 31, 2012. There is no past disciplinary action in her personnel file. “It’s shocking and it’s infuriating to know that nobody is doing anything about it. Just the thought that she could do this to other kids.” Encarnacion said she hopes something is done so she can’t do this to another family. “I am extremely devastated. My home life and everything is being affected by this. My son is rebelling against our relationship and it’s just putting everything into question. It’s really upsetting and I hope nobody ever has to go through this,” she said. “This has put hate in his heart.”
By Guest Nicole
(Feb. 24, 2017) On February 20, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court decided that Jehovah’s Witnesses have the right to state funding and that not providing such support would violate articles 14 and 19 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Case No. 2310-16, Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen [Swedish Supreme Administrative Court], Feb. 20, 2017, HÖGSTA FÖRVALTNINGSDOMSTOLEN [SUPREME COURT REPORTER) (HFD).)
Under Swedish law, the government provides state funding to faith-based organizations (trossamfund), provided that they contribute to “upholding and strengthening the fundamental values upon which the [Swedish] society rests.” (3 § 1 Lagen om Stöd Till Trossamfund [Act on Support to Faith-Based Organizations (the Act), Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 1999:932, NOTISUM.)
The Swedish government has refused to grant money to Jehovah’s Witnesses because of the group’s stance against blood transfusions for minors, which the government considers a risk to “individual children’s life and health.” (HFD at 7.) This in turn violates the requirement in the Act that the organization must contribute to upholding and strengthen the fundamental values of Swedish society. (HFD at 7.) According to the Act’s legislative history, “upholding fundamental principles of [the Swedish] society includes operating with respect for all peoples’ equal value and contributing to developing norms in society that are compatible with that of democracy … . The organization should also work to develop the conditions for equality between women and men.” (HFD at 8.)
The Court’s Ruling
The Court noted that religious freedom is internationally protected and that any limitation must be a based on “serious and compelling reasons,” as prescribed in the European Convention on Human Rights. (HFD at 10.) The European Court of Justice has identified some limitations on religious freedom that do not violate the European Convention on Human Rights, such as prohibitions against “polygamy, child marriages, flagrant crimes against the equality between the sexes and acts forced upon members of a religious organization against their will.” (HFD at 11; Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Nov. 4,1950, as amended), European Court of Human Rights website.)
The Court found that there is a presumption in Swedish case law (established in HFD 2011 ref 10) that all applicant organizations subscribe to the fundamental values of Sweden. (HFD at 10-11.) Thus, the burden of proof rests with the government to prove that the organization in question does not support these values. (Id.)
The Court observed that Swedish law has long recognized that a patient has an unrestricted right to refrain from medical treatment. (HFD at 12.) By statute, “healthcare as a rule cannot be provided without the consent of the patient.” (Id.; 4 ch. 2 § Patientlagen SFS 2014:821.) Therefore, the Court argued, a personal choice not to accept blood transfusions would not violate the fundamental values of Swedish society; rather, that choice is part of the fundamental value that medical decisions belong to the patient. (HFD at 12.) Moreover, parents have the right to object to certain treatments on behalf of their children. (HFD at 13.) The Court further observed that Swedish law provides for a system whereby the state can take over the health responsibility of a child (by means of compulsory care under the law on forced treatment of youths) from the parents, and Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage parents, if this happens, to cooperate with the state. It therefore concluded that Jehovah’s Witnesses’ position against blood transfusions for minors does not violate fundamental Swedish principles. (HFD at 13; Lag med Särskilda Bestämmelser om Vård av Unga [Act on Special Provisions on Care of Youths [LVU] (SFS 1990:52), LAGEN.NU.)
One judge dissented and argued that the fact that children belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subject to “compulsory care” by the state for medical reasons demonstrates that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not subscribe to the fundamental principles required to receive state funding. (HFD at 17.)
Aftermath of the Court Decision
The ruling sends the application back to the government, which will have to make a new decision consistent with the verdict. (HFD at 13-14.) If there are no reasons other than the practice of refusing children’s blood transfusions to deny the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ application for funding, the application should be granted. (HFD at 13-14.)
Religious organizations may soon see another set of rules apply, however, as the Swedish government is researching a new law on state funding of faith-based organizations; a report is expected to be issued in March 2018. (Översyn av statens stöd till trossamfund [Review of State Funding for Religious Organizations], REGERINGSKANSLIET (June 30, 2016).) Among the reasons for the review is to evaluate whether the government should withdraw funding when it is discovered that the faith-based organization receiving the grant has developed in a non-democratic direction. (Kommittédirektiv (Dir. 2016:62), Översyn av statens stöd till trossamfund, KULTURDEPARTEMENTET (June 30, 2016), at 3.) Moreover, the committee reviewing the state-funding program has been asked by the Department of Culture to look at ways to make the law more religiously neutral by using language other than “ceremony and service” ( gudstjänst). (Id. at 6.) The committee was also directed to propose language that would permit the recovery of funds that have been used to fund non-democratic ideas. (Id.)
Several Members of the Swedish Parliament (Sveriges Riskdag), representing five out of seven political groups, have previously voiced similar concerns and objected to the funding of religious organizations that promote gender inequality and discrimination against sexual minorities. (Fel att skattepengar går till hederskultur [Wrong that Tax Funds Honor Cultures], AFTONBLADET (Feb. 25, 2016).)
Author: Elin Hofverberg
Topic: Discrimination, Freedom of religion, Religious minorities
Date: February 24, 2017
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