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Amazon and Microsoft are among a group of technology and property developers that have invested in CarbonCure, a Canadian-based startup that injects re-captured CO2 into the concrete manufacturing process.
Data centres are critical utilities, the almost invisible heart, lungs and nerve cells of the digital revolution, facilitating increasing general economic activity for the good of citizens – nationally and internationally.
While data centre construction has largely managed to weather the Covid-19 storm, worldwide travel restrictions are preventing senior management from travelling to sites, potentially impact the industry’s ability to meet increased demand, said panellists on this week’s data centre construction webinar hosted by Techerati and Data Centre World (recording available here).
When asked by moderator Joe McCaffrey of Duke McCaffrey Consultants how Covid-19 travel restrictions were impacting labour availability, Amy Daniell, director of Hyperscale for NTT, said while the bulk of the construction labour force could be fulfilled locally, getting the necessary senior management on-site was proving a challenge.
Canadian data centre provider Compass Datacenters has revealed of all its facilities will be built with CarbonCure concrete.
The innovative environmental material, developed by fellow Canadian outfit CarbonCure Technologies, is made by injecting re-captured CO2 into the concrete manufacturing process.
According to the CarbonCure, the procedure dramatically reduces the amount of cement required to mix the concrete, which is important as cement production accounts for 7 percent of global CO2 generated. On top of that, it’s a pretty handy way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
French electrical equipment giant Schneider Electric has agreed to buy German software company RIB for €1.4 billion.
RIB’s cloud-based BIM software helps digitalise enterprises in the building and construction industries. Schneider said the acquisition will help the company cater to the growing demand for smart and carbon-free buildings.