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Timber construction on the rise in France, breakthrough in 3-D printing of stainless steel and $700m solar, battery and pumped hydro project

The building and construction industries are experiencing major changes to enter the 'new world' ahead! Timber construction is on the rise in France; researchers

have achieved a breakthrough in 3-D printing marine grade stainless steel which will allow manufacturing to be additive rather than subtractive; and the clean energy company Zen Energy has approved a $700m solar, battery and pumped hydro project at the South Australian town of Whyalla to power the OneSteel steelworks at Whyalla. The new energy project, which will be the largest solar and power storage investment in Australia, is intended to provide one gigawatt of additional dispatchable renewable energy assets to major industries on the Eyre peninsula.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How Parker Palmer believes one can find connection and meaning through an experience as isolating and dark as depression. Read more here

• How the clean energy company Zen Energy has approved a $700m solar, battery and pumped hydro project at the South Australian town of Whyalla to power the OneSteel steelworks at Whyalla. The new energy project, which will be the largest solar and power storage investment in Australia, is intended to provide one gigawatt of additional dispatchable renewable energy assets to major industries on the Eyre peninsula. Read more here

• How timber construction is on the rise in France. Read more here

• How Blacktown's Cool Streets program has engaged residents in designing treeplanting locations to counter the urban heat island effect. Read more here 

• How researchers have achieved a breakthrough in 3-D printing marine grade stainless steel. Read more here

• How the beach community of Tottenville on Staten Island is building a living breakwater with an oyster reef as a first line of defence to reduce the impact of destructive waves. Read more here

• How the Italian fashion brand Gucci will go fur-free next year and auction off all remaining fur items. It follows in the footsteps of Armani, which went fur free in 2016. Read more here

 

 

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