As the climate changes, architects and engineers need to design buildings differently

Phys.org | October 24, 2019

In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States. Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012, inflicting nearly US$11 billion in damage to buildings. In 2014, a storm dubbed Snowvember dropped more than seven feet of snow in western New York. Three years later, historic flooding along Lake Ontario inundated numerous homes and businesses. And severe storms in the Susquehanna River watershed in 2018 caused more than $1 billion in damage. As Earth's climate changes, the frequency, intensity and duration of these extreme weather events is expected to increase. At the University at Buffalo, I lead a laboratory that studies climate change and buildings. Our research shows that the U.S. building stock may not be prepared for future climate-related storms and flooding.

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Following the 4 outstanding interviews we have had with our unique and amazing Woman Engineers, we close the show in Ulm, Germany for our fifth and final edition of Woman In Engineering. Inga Binder - Systems Engineer at HENSOLDT introduces her professional background, the type of work she is doing on a day-to-day basis, as well as some advice for others looking to pursue a career in Engineering.

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Following the 4 outstanding interviews we have had with our unique and amazing Woman Engineers, we close the show in Ulm, Germany for our fifth and final edition of Woman In Engineering. Inga Binder - Systems Engineer at HENSOLDT introduces her professional background, the type of work she is doing on a day-to-day basis, as well as some advice for others looking to pursue a career in Engineering.

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Ozop Energy Solutions and Hyde Engineering to Bring Neo-Grid to Market

Ozop Energy Solutions | November 29, 2021

Ozop Energy Solutions. (OZSC), (“Ozop” or the “Company”), announces that after several months of analyzing the developmental direction of the energy markets and defining the needs of the “new” energy demand and logistical challenges incurred by the rapidly expanding Electric Vehicle market, the Company has elected to engage Hyde Engineering Services, Inc. (“HES”) to produce the conceptual design of the Neo-Grid. The conceptual design includes the charging, transportation, and the discharging of energy into Level 3 chargers. HES provides electrical, mechanical, structural, and architectural engineering designs for permitting and construction. HES holds PE licenses in 23 States and has a history of technical engineering and service for commercial, industrial, and utility-connected advanced energy projects, including solar, storage, microgrids, EV charging, and backup generation. To date, HES has designed and interconnected over 175MW of distributed energy resource projects across the US and internationally. “This begins the development phase for the proof-of-concept prototype that we have been seeking. With our experience in energy storage, technology and EVs we will move forward from the conceptual idea to proof of concept then prospectively to a commercial ready prototype in approximately eight months. Our team has calculated the numbers on many levels and followed the market as it continues to mature. Once this is deployed it will be a great day for the industry and of course for OZOP”, Hyde shares our vision and the outside-the-box way of thinking, making our blueprint for Energy Mobility a reality” -Brian Conway CEO of Ozop Energy Solutions, Inc. Current applications to energize EVs are all Grid reliant which is a serious and seminal flaw in the current infrastructure build out manifesting in California’s continual rolling blackouts and with the east coast’s existing infrastructure seriously deficient and obsolete; California’s experience can become a National one in short order. This represents among other things Ozop’s attempt to help facilitate and support the National initiatives in the recently passed National Infrastructure Legislation. Most suburban and urban utilities are heavily reliant on investor supported grid-tied storage to alleviate the high-demand hours on the grid, however, that will take decades of work. OZOP has developed the Neo Grid that is not geographically tied, can support multi-MW demands and is not exposed to any grid-tied regulation of power supply. The Neo Grid proof of concept will prove-out our distribution plan and our modular engineering design by deploying to real life applications. In addition, it will confirm our financial model and validate our energy loss calculations defining resistance losses from the usable energy coming from storage. From production of the energy to consumption by our bi-coastal customer base, the Neo Grid system will be able to support the currently elusive Level-3 charger (under 30 minutes) market. The Company believes the Neo Grids will be able to service other markets including but not limited to, Marine support, trucking, last mile vehicles, emergency-demand and of course the residential markets. About Ozop Energy Solutions. Ozop Energy Solutions (http://ozopenergy.com/) invents, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes ultra-high-power chargers, inverters, and power supplies for a wide variety of applications in the defense, heavy industrial, aircraft ground support, maritime and other sectors. Our strategy focuses on capturing a significant share of the rapidly growing renewable energy market as a provider of assets and infrastructure needed to store energy. About Ozop Energy Systems, Inc. Ozop Energy Systems is a leading Manufacturer and distributor of Renewable Energy products in the Energy Storage, Solar, Microgrids, and EV charging Station space. We are always among the first to receive the newest technology, products, and application techniques. We offer a broad portfolio of Renewable Energy products at competitive prices with a commitment to customer satisfaction from selection, to ordering, shipping, and delivery. About Power Conversion Technologies, Inc. Power Conversion Technologies, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and distributes standard and custom power electronic solutions for industrial, military, and sustainable energy sectors. Founded in 1991 and located in East Butler, Pennsylvania, PCTI’s mission is to be the global leader for high power electronics with the highest standard of reliability, quality and continued innovation. For more information on PCTI please follow us on our website www.pcti.com or Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. https://twitter.com/OzopEnergyhttps://www.facebook.com/OzopEnergy/

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ReTo Eco-Solutions Completes Basic Engineering Design and Construction of Three-Million-Ton Iron Tailings Project

ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. | August 20, 2021

ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. a provider of technology solutions for the improvement of ecological environments, today announced that the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary ReTo Mingsheng (Changjiang) Environmental Building Materials Co., Ltd., has entered comprehensive construction stage of a new iron tailings project (the "Project") in the Hainan Province. In an effort to recycle reusable solid waste, the Project carries a three-million-ton treatment capacity, in which the resulting product is expected to yield approximately RMB 280 million (approximately US$43.7 million) annual sales when production completes. The design team, supervision team and construction team are currently stationing at the construction site and part of the Project has already been successfully completed. Specifically, as of the end of June 2021, the basic engineering design and construction of the factory building has been completed, including the leveling of the workshop area, the excavation of the workshop foundation, and the pouring of the foundation beams. The next stage will be to start the construction of the factory building and ground equipment foundation. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of September or early October this year. As previously disclosed in press release on June 23, 2021, ReTo will design, build and manage a facility in the Hainan Province and this latest project will carry out the largest volume of iron tailings in Hainan. ReTo was selected by the local government because of its patented technology that enables the implementation and management of iron tailings secondary sorting, selection and use of iron ore, as well as its expertise in recycling the remaining ore and processing it into environmentally friendly building materials. The Company expects to generate RMB131 million of gross profit from the Project. Mr. Hengfang Li, ReTo's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We have been in the leader in the eco-environmental protection industry in the past decade, and the establishment and implementation of the Project has further improved our reputation in the industry tremendously. We will provide comprehensive recycling and reuse solutions to reduce destruction caused by waste to nature and eco-environment surrounding people's lives. This project will also demonstrate our concept of 'Ecology Improved by Technology,' which entails one-stop integrated solid waste utilization and ecological management strategy. We expect to create a better living environment for the Hainan residents." About ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. Founded in 1999, ReTo, through its proprietary technologies, systems and solutions, is striving to bring clean water and fertile soil to communities worldwide. The Company offers a full range of products and services, ranging from the production of environmentally-friendly construction materials, environmental protection equipment, and manufacturing equipment used to produce environmentally-friendly construction materials, to project consulting, design, and installation for the improvement of ecological environments, such as ecological soil restoration through solid waste treatment.

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Construction underway for accessible housing in Sunderland

Tolent | October 12, 2020

Tolent has been appointed by Sunderland City Council to build accessible and affordable housing – the first council houses to be built in Sunderland for almost 40 years. The accessible and affordable housing includes 17 bungalows, 16 of which will be specially adapted to provide homes for people with physical disabilities, and one for general needs at Cork Street in Hendon. The new homes are being built with the help of £765,000 of Homes England funding secured for the project by the City Council to help build new social housing in the city. The City Council will build a new £1.4m day centre to support people with physical disabilities across the city. The Day Centre and the first eight of the bungalows to be built as part of the scheme have an anticipated completion date of summer 2021. The council confirmed its plans to move into the rented housing sector late last year. The project is one element of a wider £59m programme for a range of affordable housing projects across Sunderland over the next five years.

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