Category Archives: Public Works

Upgrade Your Office, School Or Shopping Centre To LED For Free In Poland With EVE®

Warsaw 20 January 2014

LED Strip

Since 2014, AC LED’s became tried and tested. AC LED’s production cost are far less than DC LED’s because an AC/DC converter is no longer required. Offices, schools, shopping centres and others can halve their energy bills with plug and play InsertLED® lamps. From 2014 EVE® clients can upgrade to LED lighting at no cost. EVE® are ready and willing to finance LED upgrade for a share of energy savings.

EVE® Stage THREE Clients Can Upgrade To LED With No Cost

LED is much more expensive in Capital Cost than traditional lighting installations, however longterm LED lighting save energy and have a much longer life cycle. Non LED lighting units are generally far lower cost but the advent of AC lighting means InsertLED® is far more competitive and simply by changing the light bulb. Continue reading

“PowerTextiles” Next Generation Photo Voltaic’s

Selkirk, 27 November 2013

 

Dr. Robert Mather and Professor John Wilson share a moment to show off their Solar PV Textile they call PowerTextiles. After many years in the laboratory these two eminent Scottish scientists successfully integrated PV into a polyester fabric. PowerTextiles is one conductive polymer layer integrated with conductive and semi conductive layers on polyester fabric.   Why are PowerTextiles the future of the Photo Voltaic Industry? PowerTextiles are more flexible than any other existing solar panel technology, firstly the surface of the fabric is not flat like traditional PV materials it means from the offset they can potentially harvest more sunshine than lets say ultra flat silicon or even flexible thin film cells. All solar harvesting averages but a few hours a day at best, unlike regular panels once the system is done for the day it can be rolled up, or retracted to become unobtrusive. Solar textiles are also temporary structures, potentially needing no planning permission. Unlike solar panels which are obtrusive PowerTextiles life cycle is truly extended as they can be placed out of harms way when not in use. Continue reading

Taking Water On Board To Save Others From Sinking

Berlin 28 August 2013

EVE® Street Drones

The condition of municipal water distribution networks in Central, Eastern and Central Southern Europe is at best poor. Even after investing billions of Euros of Public Money into improving the delivery of local utilities the vision of providing everyone quality potable water suitable for drinking is still a long way off. But by taking new technologies on board we believe we can make a real difference.

Improving Technical Due Diligence

Better technical due diligence methods must be implemented to improve utility management and high-tech solutions such as EVE® Drones can do much to conserve water, save money, reduce CO₂ emissions and improve the quality of drinking water and life for millions.

SOLIDEA Group EVE® team are developing EVE® Drones, Google software and FLIR TAU aerial technology to better serve technical due diligence of water utilities in Central and Western Europe. Continue reading

“Hazardous Surveying” Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality

Warsaw 27 August 2013

Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos was a widely used fire retardant material which was woven or encapsulated in building materials and system to prevent the spread and passage of fire. As “Asbestos Abatement” took hold in Western Europe Central European manufacturers took advantage of low cost Asbestos raw materials for more than two decades.

“As asbestos contained materials [ACM’s] near the end of their usable life cycle they become dry and as they decay they crumble easily releasing toxic micro fibers into the air we breathe”        

Woven into concrete Asbestos creates a low cost strong and rigid materials for such systems as roof panels, insulation boards, pipes and conduits although these materials present a real danger to health in some conditions they can be readily seen decaying all across Central Eastern Europe.

Why is Asbestos So Dangerous?

Asbestos occurs naturally in minerals it consists of tiny hair like fibers which once inhaled can remain in the respiratory system for many years where they can causes various forms of malignant lung cancer including Mesothelioma, and Asbestosis. Inhalation risks other illnesses as a result of mechanical damage. In any building environment where Asbestos is installed Asbestos is a significant risk to all building users. Reasonable exposure to Asbestos now can go undetected however be fatal later in life. Smokers who are exposed to Asbestos are at considerable risk from malignant lung cancer. Continue reading

Get A Surveyor! – Mitigating CO₂ Can Cost Lives

Warsaw 19 August 2013

Radon Kills

Who better understands the impact of CO₂ mitigation than the SOLIDEA Groups EVE® team? During the many technical due diligence and conditional surveys to date the EVE® team has recorded thousands of insulation, air tightness, and other building defects. But did you know ongoing insulation of buildings in Central and Eastern Europe designed to mitigate CO₂ emission actually puts lives at risk?

The Hazards of Radon

After cigarette smoking and radon exposure together, cigarette smoking and thereafter radon alone are the number one cause of lung cancer in the European Union. As more people stop smoking [and stop smoking near others] lung cancer cases clearly decrease as a result of smoking habits.  However cases of lung cancer as a result of building sickness and radon exposure are increasing at an alarming rate. Continue reading

Buildings Don’t Need to Breathe Only People Do!

Campus OneWarsaw 14 February, 2013

Commercial buildings which do not achieve Air Tightness often waste 20% to 40% of the total energy that they consume. When the building envelope is not tight energy is simply lost to the outside. Defective roof lights, smoke hatches and curtain walls, a result of poor design, defective construction, or incomplete maintenance is widespread. “We waste so much energy for no good reason” says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker  “Air Tightness is the big ticket cost in retail, commercial offices and hotels, and it has nothing to do with the level of Insulation installed”

What is Air-Tightness?

The level of Air Tightness in a building is measured as Air Permeability it is the measurement of the volume of air which leaks through the building envelope per hour per m² of building envelope at 50 Pascals Differential Pressure. Air Permeability is then expressed as a rate for example 3 m³/h. m² at 50 PA which is much better than 7 m³/h. m² at 50 PA. We can test Air Tightness on site and we can easily quantify the energy losses simply by measuring Air Permeability Continue reading

SOLIDEA for the SIN’s of Comoros

Moroni May 13, 2012

The Union of Comoros is a little known archipelago of small island nations [SIN’s]. These Comoros Islands are located off the East Coast of Africa. Excluding Mayotte; the last of the Islands belonging to the French Commonwealth, [in theory part of the EU] Comoros is the third smallest Nation in the African continent its also one of the poorest.

SOLIDEA recently completed an energy investment study for Comoros and with a focus on Moroni and its  disadvantage of no reliable deep sea port facilities. Continue reading

CHP and the Cruise Ships of the Caribbean

Basseterre 18 April, 2012

The problem with Small Island Nations [SIN’s] everywhere is energy, as Diesel for electrical generators already passed the US 0.40c/kWh mark [and a lot more if you live on a remote island] many of the worlds thousands of tourists SIN’s are looking at combined renewable energy solutions to replace now outdated and soon redundant black energy solutions. Continue reading