Software Billionaire's Portable Solar Provides Power to Bushfire-Hit Areas
Software billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes, and his wife Annie have pledged up to $12 million to fund portable solar panel and battery systems to those left without power in the wake of the bushfires.
The collaboration between Cannon-Brookes and solar company 5B is called the Resilient Energy Collective and uses prefabricated solar panels in conjunction with Tesla’s Powerwall battery pack to generate and store electricity.
The prefabricated units can be folded up, packed on a truck, unfolded and connected to a site in less than a day.
The initiative will power up to 100 sites currently without power or relying on diesel generators.
Why Haven't Buildings Become Productised? An Exploration of the Possibilities and Barriers to Buildings of the Future
While increasing populations and urbanisation are leading to rising demand for construction, pushing up revenues, both profits and affordability are decreasing. Cost and time are therefore becoming even more of an imperative for return on investment (ROI) and overall growth. Despite advances in technology, and the emergence of industrialised construction some 60 or so years ago, we are still ‘swinging hammers’ on site, creating buildings that are all unique and bespoke. Why is that?
‘Uber Eats for Construction Materials’: The Aussie App That Delivers Materials and Tools to Site
One app is tackling the problem of unplanned trips to the hardware store - which is estimated to cost around $2 billion in labour and vehicle expenses each year.
‘On-Site Factories’: The Companies Bringing Assembly Line Production to the Construction Site
When you see what these companies are up to, it may be a not-too-distant reality that we see job sites dominated by artificially-intelligent robots roaming around completing tasks that humans once did.
WATCH: The World’s First Height-Adjustable Crane System
The innovative crane system allowed Hutchies to comply with aviation requirements by encroaching into aircraft airspace during the day and lowering the crane at night below the maximum permitted height.
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