Printing with concrete is a complicated matter. The concrete must flow fluidly enough to be extruded through the printer, it must be quick-hardening and strong enough to take the load of subsequent layers, and it must be able to bond sufficiently between those layers.
Utility organisations such as electricity, water, gas and telecommunications companies were most optimistic, with 94pc looking to hire engineers in the year ahead. Meanwhile, the pandemic’s effect on the construction industry meant that civil and building engineers were more impacted than the average engineer, according to the report.
The Irish Manufacturing sector grew slightly for the second straight month in February after a big dip at the start of the year as Brexit and a third COVID-19 lockdown of the economy hit output and new orders.
The Codling Wind Park project would be located off the coast of Co Wicklow, between Greystones and Wicklow town, and is expected to have capacity to generate up to 1,500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 1.2 million homes.
Total costs for the projects amount to €29m. The projects were acquired by the NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, a wind, solar and energy storage fund that operates across a number of European markets.
Dutch construction giant Royal BAM has committed to invest and grow its business in the UK despite set-backs last year. Announcing 2020 group results, the firm reported better trading in the second half at both its UK civils and building businesses as work and orders picked up after the first Covid lockdown.
The commissioning of the Esk windfarm comes as the founding CEO of the global giant Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest men, stepped down from the company’s top position to focus on his interests in space travel and energy generation