Could drones be the solution to traffic gridlock?

Phys.org | May 27, 2019

Could passenger-carrying drones someday be the answer to traffic delays? It seems like an outlandish, space-age fantasy-but some in the burgeoning urban air mobility industry believe short-haul flights in unpiloted electric flying vehicles will be a key answer to gridlock in major metropolitan areas. A number of startups, including Uber Elevate, are working on developing such a system that could transport people and goods. Some have attracted millions of dollars in venture capital funding. Yet there are staggering hurdles, ranging from cost to safety, noise, public acceptance, regulations, space for vertiports, and questions about who would pay for and who would control the infrastructure for such transportation.
In metro Atlanta, discussion about the technology's future has already begun. Georgia Tech this year created a Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility to explore the development of aircraft for transportation in densely populated urban areas. Professors leading the effort held an urban air mobility workshop in Atlanta in January. Three months later, national industry publication Aviation Week held an urban air mobility conference at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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Utilizing SaltStack, system engineers and administrators can manage an entire enterprise cluster with ease. Industry system administrators say they are responsible and follow best practices, but rarely is the tedious work of configuration management and versioning control completed correctly, which leads to inefficient testing and evaluation (T&E) before moving from development to integration, and ultimately, production environments. By introducing system administrators to IT configuration management tools such as Git and Jenkins, efficient tools assist in the automation, testing, and documentation of new releases.

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AECOM | November 25, 2021

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Pearce Renewables, a Division of Pearce Services, Acquires Mountain Renewables

Pearce Renewables | September 20, 2021

Pearce Renewables, a leader in engineering, operations, and maintenance for renewable energy infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Mountain Renewables, LLC, a national provider of technical field services for wind energy and utility-scale solar. The acquisition expands Pearce’s capabilities as a leading independent service provider to the renewable energy industry. Mountain Renewables has developed an outstanding reputation as a provider of comprehensive solutions for the entire life cycle of renewable energy infrastructure, ranging from installation and commissioning to corrective and planned maintenance, major component exchange, repowering, site operational support, and decommissioning. “The addition of Mountain Renewables adds to Pearce’s deep expertise and provides an outstanding complement to our end-to-end technical services, operations, and maintenance capabilities,” said Zack Dorfman, Pearce Renewables’ Senior Vice President of Wind. “We are extremely impressed with their innovative approach to customer solutions and the high degree of cultural alignment with Pearce. We look forward to working together with the entire Mountain Renewables team.” Pearce Renewables has assembled best-in-class operations and maintenance companies and leaders serving utility-scale wind, solar, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and battery energy storage system infrastructure. Mountain Renewables is Pearce Renewables’ third acquisition this year, following transactions with Mortenson Energy Services in June 2021 and A & A Wind Pros in March 2021 to expand its wind major component exchange, blade repair, cleaning, and technical services. Pearce entered renewable energy at the beginning of 2020 with acquisitions of World Wind & Solar and MaxGen Energy Services. Soon after, the services team from Suzlon North America joined to bring unique capabilities in engineering, spare parts, and technical wind services. Zack Dorfman, former leader of GE’s North American Wind Services team, joined to lead the Pearce Renewables Wind business. Kyle Williams, a former leader of Tesla’s energy services team, joined to lead the Pearce Renewables EV business. Today, with the addition of Mountain Renewables, Pearce Renewables has over 850 technicians throughout the country and is adding weekly to meet growing demand. About Pearce Renewables, a Division of Pearce Services Pearce Services is a leading national provider of operations, maintenance, and engineering services for mission-critical infrastructure. Pearce offers innovative, tech-enabled services for telecom, renewable energy, electric vehicle (EV), and energy storage system infrastructure customers safely around-the-clock. With nationwide coverage, we can deploy our highly trained technicians quickly and efficiently to provide unmatched response times, quality, and consistent service for distributed mission-critical assets. Pearce’s engineering and support teams use sophisticated software, analytics, and detailed safety plans to support our technical experts in the field. Constant innovation and close collaboration with our customers are a hallmark of our service. About Mountain Renewables Mountain Renewables is an innovative field services company focused on utility-scale wind and solar power plants across the United States, providing repair and maintenance services including corrective and planned maintenance, as well as troubleshooting, commissioning, site support, and other technical operations. Mountain Renewables utilizes data-driven insights throughout the project lifecycle to deliver optimal outage management. Structured around the core values of safety, quality, integrity, and reliability, Mountain Renewables has a proven track record of increasing production, performance, and profitability for multi-megawatt renewable energy power plants.m/.

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