ConExpo-Con/AGG Explores the Future of Construction at Return of The Tech Experience

ConExpo | March 16, 2020

Whether it is artificial intelligence, autonomous equipment, big data, small gadgets, new energy technologies, sustainable highways or the future of cities themselves, ConExpo-Con/AGG's Tech Experience focused on what contractors and manufacturers need to know to keep ahead of the technology curve. I'm amazed at what some of the minds we have here at the Tech Experience think up, said Helen Horner, director of education programs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the organization that co-owns and operates ConExpo-Con/AGG. What we're seeing in bringing all these ideas to one place is how some of them connect to form new ideas. Hopefully, those ideas germinate after the show to give us even more amazing technology to explore at the next ConExpo-Con/AGG. One example was a Tech Talk on wireless energy transfer built into roadways to continuously charge electric vehicles while they drive, followed by a talk on turning concrete into a battery.

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EDUCATION

New Bootcamp aimed at anyone interested in a career in the engineering construction industry.

Modern Building Services | December 15, 2021

A new Skills Bootcamp, part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, is being launched at South Devon College next month. Following on from the popular Skills Bootcamp in Digital, this new Bootcamp is aimed at anyone interested in a career in the engineering construction industry. The flexible course of up to four weeks gives people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills and fast track them to an interview with a local employer. The programme at South Devon College has been developed in partnership with Willmott Dixon, Midas, BAM Nutall and Keir Construction. Key elements of the course include renewable energy technology, water treatment, digital construction and commercial management. Participants on the course will benefit from continuous formative assessment for two weeks with one of the four employers through employer hubs.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Primergy Selects Supply and Construction Partners for Highly Anticipated Gemini Project

Primergy | March 10, 2022

Primergy Solar LLC ('Primergy'), a leading developer, owner and operator of utility and distributed scale solar and storage, announced today the final selection of major equipment suppliers and construction partners for the highly anticipated $1.2 billion Gemini Project located near Las Vegas, Nevada. Primergy is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (‘Quinbrook’). After a comprehensive and detailed procurement process, Primergy selected Kiewit Power Constructors Co. (Kiewit) as Gemini’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner and IHI Terrasun Solutions (Terrasun) as the battery storage integrator. Both companies have decades of experience in construction and installation, product development, procurement and systems integration in the renewable energy and power sector. Maxeon Solar Technologies was also selected to provide its high efficiency bifacial solar modules. David Scaysbrook, Managing Partner of Quinbrook said, “The final selection of equipment supply and construction partners for Gemini has been a long, detailed and thoughtful process. The Quinbrook and Primergy teams have worked diligently to evaluate each supplier’s credentials and track record from an ESG perspective in accordance with Quinbrook policies. This includes detailed supply chain investigation and materials sourcing to ensure we have procured responsibly, especially in a challenging market and regulatory environment for solar and storage equipment. We believe we have chosen the best possible technical combinations for a milestone project and applaud our respective teams for their efforts to get to this point.’ The unprecedented Gemini project is a $1.2 billion, 690 MWac/966 MWdc solar array and 1,416 MWh storage facility that will deliver power when Nevadans need it most. The project will feature over 1.8 million solar modules installed on approximately 6,500 acres of federal land and will produce enough clean energy to power the entire city of Las Vegas. During the construction phase, Gemini is expected to create approximately 1,000 local jobs, which will be sourced through union participation. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023 with operations beginning shortly thereafter. “The Gemini Project is extraordinary in its scope and scale, and we are excited to join Primergy in significantly expanding the availability of clean energy,” said Dave Flickinger, Executive Vice President of Kiewit Energy Group, Inc. “With more than 40 years of experience in developing renewable energy projects, we are well equipped to deliver an outstanding solar array and battery system while also supporting Primergy’s commitment to safety, reliability, environmental stewardship and the surrounding community.” “IHI Terrasun is proud to be part of such a historic moment,” said Jamal Burki, President of IHI Terrasun. “We look forward to bringing our advanced DC-coupled solar and storage solutions to the Gemini Project while employing our lifecycle services aimed at ensuring a smooth and reliable operations for all involved.” Primergy has invested significant resources to minimize the physical footprint of the Gemini project where practicable to both preserve and protect local flora and fauna. The company has partnered with biologists to create the industry’s first Desert Tortoise Relocation Plan, which tracks, cares for and will safely reintroduce the protected species back into their natural habitat once construction is complete. Additionally, Primergy will implement responsible and efficient construction processes, such as using alternative site preparation methods, establishing narrow road corridors into the project site, and building appropriately spaced, raised rows of solar modules to ensure nearly 80 percent of the land on site remains open to the sky. “While the size, scale and innovative integration of solar PV coupled with battery storage makes Gemini one of the most complex clean energy projects ever developed, Gemini also sets new and timely benchmarks in sustainable infrastructure development, Through Gemini, Primergy has pioneered a holistic approach to responsible project development that considers complete ecosystem management, collaborative partnerships with local and community stakeholders and undertakes careful due diligence in supply chain and equipment selection. This ensures the company procures responsibly, minimizes environmental impact and delivers lasting community benefits across jobs, training and ongoing education in the benefits of large-scale clean energy infrastructure.” Ty Daul, CEO of Primergy Primergy’s Nevada portfolio alone exceeds 1,300 MWac of solar and 3,330 MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) under contract with NV Energy as well as multiple additional projects in the development phase. Established in 2020, Primergy has quickly established a leadership position in large scale solar and storage projects with a growing platform now exceeding 6 GW of both operational and development assets across the US. About Primergy Solar Primergy Solar, LLC is a developer, owner and operator focused on both distributed and utility scale solar PV and battery storage projects in North America. Primergy Solar features a diverse and talented team with decades of experience in renewables project development, financing, construction and operations. It is currently managing and progressing a significant portfolio of operational and development stage solar+ battery storage projects. Primergy Solar is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and represents Quinbrook’s principal solar and solar plus energy storage investment platform in North America. About Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure and operational asset management in the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested c.USD 8.2 billion equity in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990s, representing a total enterprise value of c.USD 28.7 billion or 19.5 GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook has completed a diverse range of direct investments in both utility and distributed scale onshore wind and solar power, battery storage, reserve peaking capacity, biomass, fugitive methane recovery, hydro and flexible energy management solutions in the US, UK, and Australia.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Quantum Automation for Improving Energy Efficiency with Its Building Automation Solutions

Quantum Automation | December 28, 2021

Frost & Sullivan recently assessed the Southeast Asian building automation industry, and based on its findings, recognizes Quantum Automation (QA) with the 2021 Building Automation Competitive Strategy Leadership Award. The company enables energy savings, reduced energy costs, and better comfort levels in buildings. It offers value-added services, such as free training and maintenance as a service, to secure competitive differentiation and distinct customer benefits. QA's sustainable solutions boost buildings' energy-efficiency.Quantum Automation's customer-centric business model improves cost competitiveness while adhering to customers' design requirements and expectations. QA offers the following benefits to BAS companies: Account managers conduct routine follow-ups (physical and virtual) with customers in Singapore and other countries to deliver a seamless experience. The key management team reviews all customer satisfaction matrix (CSM) feedback to boost project progress, address ever-evolving requirements, sustain relationships, and acquire new customers. Customers experience a strong sense of ownership as the company respects their individual opinions and facilitates unique customer journeys. QA applies its technical knowledge and expertise to develop/deliver customized products after listening to customers' ideas. Account managers address all negative responses and rapidly perform restorative measures, sustaining a high customer retention rate. It reinforces loyal and reliable customer relations through its motto "Never say no." According to Iqra Azam, Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Research analyst, "QA's advanced and unique solutions integrate various systems through its adaptability in software programming, expertise in hardware engineering, and driver designs in turnkey projects to address customers' requirements." Quantum Automation focuses on open and future-proofed systems to sustain its prominent market position across the region, enabling it to plan its designs and upgrades in advance and prepare for potential issues. It also integrates new technologies as market trends change, develops and manufactures their Direct Digital Controllers (DDC), incorporating comprehensive smart control algorithms to optimise HVAC & Electrical equipments' energy efficiency, enabling their clients to manage their building energy performance more effectively. Their DDCs have the flexibility to customize programming modules to suit technological advancement demands such as enhancing the building's sustainability goals. One such module is their data analytic module which using machine learning to monitor the interfaced equipments' performance through abnormalities & fault detection and anticipating equipment failure, notifying building operator before issue arises and minimizing impacts and downtime to the building's operation. New ventures (smart building projects) and integrated technology promote QA's brand equity and image in Southeast Asia. "The company solidifies its market position with its reliable, technology-integrated, and customizable capabilities. It sets itself apart from the competition with continuous focus on customer experience, ensuring regular engagement and all-inclusive training sessions for employees that create a seamless customer experience." Azam stated. "QA's versatile solutions and services portfolio allows individual designs for every customer, aiding the company's high customer acquisition and retention rate. It's no wonder that Quantum Automation has earned Frost & Sullivan's 2021 Southeast Asia Competitive Strategy Leadership Award in the building automation industry," Azam concluded. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has leveraged competitive intelligence to successfully execute a strategy that results in stronger market share, competitive brand positioning, and customer satisfaction. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. About Frost & Sullivan For six decades, Frost & Sullivan has been world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders, and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models, and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success. Contact us: Start the discussion. About Quantum Automation Quantum Automation is a market leader in Integrated Building Management System and Integrated Security Management System whom they specialize in managing internal & external complex controls & security systems, providing one-stop system solutions in meeting increasing demand for a unified platform & future-proof management, while maintaining comfort and operational efficiency in complex buildings. Their system solutions are bespoke to meet different customer requirements, fusing different systems through their aptitude in hardware engineering and flexibility in software programming and customizing interfacing driver designs in their their turn-key project deliveries. Their agility in satisfying evolving customer needs is the key to their success that allows them to compete globally with cutting edge Open and Future Proof integrated platforms which embraces and accommodates the evolution of new technologies and systems as the building needs grow, enhancing the efficiency of facility management as well as ensuring the highest order of energy optimization with their systems widely employed in many Green certified (Platinum Green Mark & L.E.E.D. platinum) buildings. http://www.qa.com.sg/

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ENGINEERING TECH

Kioxia Corporation Commences Construction of New Fabrication Facility at Kitakami Plant

Kioxia | April 12, 2022

Kioxia Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, today held a groundbreaking ceremony for its state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab2) at its Kitakami Plant in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Utilizing AI-based cutting-edge manufacturing, the new facility will contribute towards possible expansion of production of its proprietary 3D flash memory BiCS FLASHTM at the Kitakami Plant. Construction of the Fab2 facility is scheduled to be completed in 2023. The Fab2 facility will have an earthquake-absorbing structure and environmentally friendly design that utilizes advanced energy saving manufacturing equipment and renewable energy sources. In addition, an administration building will be constructed to accommodate the control management and technical departments in response to the increased staff. “As a leader in memory, this Fab2 facility will become Kioxia’s key manufacturing hub to produce our memory products at scale. We are planning to introduce automated in-facility transfers and advanced production control to make Fab2 a truly world-class smart fabrication facility, Fab2 will be able to intelligently coordinate and optimize its production with Fab1 at Kitakami Plant as well as our fabs in the Yokkaichi Plant, enabling the company to seize opportunities in the growing memory market in a timely manner.” Nobuo Hayasaka, President and CEO, Kioxia Under its mission of uplifting the world with memory, Kioxia is focused on developing initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness of its memory and SSD business, which it has developed over the past 35 years since inventing NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia remains committed to creating consistent and sustainable growth through timely capital investments that meet growing market demand. About Kioxia Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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Dustin and Ben go over some of our newest product lines at Crane Engineering. Since 1939, Crane Engineering has been one of the Midwest's leading providers of fluid process solutions. The company serves a broad range of markets providing fluid system design, equipment sourcing & selection, fabrication, installation, field service and repair.

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