11/02/2019

Jäämerenradan suunnittelu lopetetaan

Liikenne- ja viestintäministeriön tiedote 11.02.2019: 
Suomen ja Norjan välisen selvitystyöryhmän raportti Jäämeren radasta on valmistunut. Raportissa ei esitetä jatkotoimenpiteitä ratahankkeen edistämiseksi. Hanke ei olisi taloudellisesti kannattava minkään selvityksessä tarkastellun rahoitusmallin mukaan.
Olen tästäkin asiasta kirjoittanut muutaman vuoden ajan: Hanke on liiketaloudellisesti ja kansantaloudellisestikin täysin kannattamaton, eikä ole rahaakaan. Turhaan selvitykseen saatiin kuitenkin veronmaksajien rahoja kulutettua. Vihdoinkin järki voitti.
Sama pätee Tallinnantunneliin ja muihinkin miljardien ratahankkeisiin.

08/02/2019

Euroopan suurin onshore tuulipuisto Serbiaan

Fintel Energija, the Serbian subsidiary of Italy's Fintel Energia Group, plans to start the construction of Europe's largest onshore wind farm in Serbia, it said.
The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 572 MW and will be located in the northern Serbian region of Vojvodina, Fintel Energija said in a filing with the Belgrade Stock Exchange on Monday. [emp]

05/02/2019

Puukaupunki Torontoon



Can one of the world’s oldest building materials form the foundation of a sensor-integrated “smart” neighborhood? Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is making a go of it on the Toronto waterfront and has enlisted wood advocates and Katerra partner Michael Green Architecture (MGA) to design flexible, mixed-use timber buildings for its 3-million-square-foot (278,709 square-meter) Quayside project.
If the 12-acre (4.8-hectare) site is developed as planned, it would become the largest timber project in the world.
The ground-up development in Quayside is leaning on mass timber because Sidewalk Labs has touted the material as sustainable and as tough as steel, as well as because cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels work well in prefabricated structures. MGA has designed a kit-of-parts that can be used for buildings of every scale, and Sidewalk Labs is reportedly looking at constructing a collection of 12 mass timber towers, with the tallest topping out at 30 stories. [ctbuh]