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The Future and the Growing NEED for Electricians

Dec 13, 2017

Next month, January 2018, ELECTRI (the Foundation for Electrical Research) will host a presentation on the future growth of the construction industry which will expand from a $10T (that’s Trillion) to a $17T global business over the next ten to fifteen years. The earth’s population is trending with and could be said to be driving that construction growth. Think about where all those people will live and work or retire (recent figures show 10,000 baby boomers retiring/turning 65 every day in the U.S. alone). When the need for cleaner, self-sustaining energy systems, and the need for recycling and repurposing of e-wastes is added to projected construction growth/expansion expectations, it becomes apparent that society needs a prototype for a more-nimble, problem-solving installer and operator of interfacing, sustainable systems. That sounds like a job for the future electrical worker!

Watch video on “seasteading”

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Devastation in the U.S. alone from fires and floods in 2017 has been record-setting and is still being totaled. Reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey is approaching $200 billion. Property loss and damage costs are still being totaled as the fires rage in California. Re-building and improving, new and sustainable architectural designs and construction are developing daily.

Futuristic homes for population shifts, storms and rising tides » 

As we build and re-build, our industry has to train and prepare for futuristic solutions to current challenges. Engineers, architects and designers must develop structures to survive storms, floods and fires. Seasteading is perhaps one solution to a very big challenge, especially since 71% of the earth’s surface is water. Everything from floating island cities to amphibious yacht homes are being developed. 2018 will see a company called Arkup construct its first prototype in Miami. Koen Olthuis, Arkus partner and architect, recently told Business Insider that floating neighborhoods will become more prevalent in the next five to ten years. We can’t build and service enough powerwalls and electric vehicles out of re-cycled e-wastes (TVs, smartphones, solar panels, refrigerators, laptops, vacuum cleaners and many other discarded devices) to make better re-use of the projected 52.2 million metric tons of e-waste by 2021! There’s future work to be done now for everyone in the electrical industry…

Read supporting articles on French Polynesia’s pilot project; and e-recycling:


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