Tech sectors receive major boost from landmark $3.5trn infrastructure package - The EE

Tech sectors receive major boost from landmark $3.5trn infrastructure package

Growth in key tech sectors is set to rocket after a landmark $1 trillion (€0.85 trillion) infrastructure package bill passed in the US Senate, part of a comprehensive $3.5 trillion (€2.98 trillion) plan within President Biden’s post-COVID Build Back Better initiative and paralleling the UN‘s Race To Zero campaign.

There had been an upward trend in share prices for companies in several tech sectors already, but Pitchbook research identified Nanotechnology and Digital Twins as most likely to gain from the new bill one of the largest public investment in America’s infrastructure for decades.

Digital Twin technology creates virtual replicas of buildings and infrastructure with accessible real-time data; this cutting edge option will enable massive savings of at least $280 billion (€238.41 billion) for city planners globally over the next five years, according to ABI Research in August 2021.

Senior economist at Capital Economics, Michael Pearce, says, “Spending will take a few years to ramp up and will in any case be spread over the rest of the decade.”

Michael Pearce

Nanomaterials, which account for 40% of the Nanotechnology market (set to grow from $54.2 billion (€46.15 billion) in 2020 to $126.8 billion (€107.97 billion) by 2027 according to Pitchbook), allow architects and project managers to greatly improve materials used in infrastructure, through greater durability and flexibility as well as reducing or eradicating the carbon emissions a major driver in the Race To Zero.

Paul Sheedy, co-founder of the World Nano Foundation, an international not-for-profit organisation for the commercialisation of nanoscale technologies, says, “The built environment is transforming the materials it uses, to a sustainable model that not only safeguards our future but also brings significant financial benefits to the infrastructure lifecycle and maintenance of our urban spaces.

“Currently, more than 70% of global carbon emissions are produced by the world’s cities (source: UN) and their infrastructure. Therefore, the adoption of Nanotechnology and Digital Twins can allow infrastructure to improve without negatively impacting the environment.”

According to a recent report from Ernst & Young, other major financial benefits from using Digital Twin technology include greatly reducing operating costs of buildings and infrastructure by 35%, with an additional 20% boost in productivity, while also allowing carbon emissions to reduce by 50-100%.

The Digital Twin tech sector is forecast to grow 15-fold from $3.1 billion (€2.64 billion) in 2020 to $48.2 billion (€41.04 billion)by 2026 at a 58% CAGR. One company in this space, Cityzenith, has already added over 5,000 new investors in the past 18 months, raising $11 million (€9.37 million) to date to create a far more efficient environment for infrastructure through its Digital Twin software platform SmartWorldOS.

Partly due to the Build Back Better drive announced by President Biden earlier this year, Cityzenith has already seen a 161% increase in its share price during 2021. The company is part way through a $15 million (€12.77 million) Regulation A+ investment raise to scale up its international commercial opportunities.

Michael Jansen

Cityzenith founder and CEO Michael Jansen says, “Since the beginning of this year, we have been signing major contracts with the US Government, energy providers, infrastructure and development projects. Our Digital Twin software platform is helping city planners and building professionals to realise the vast upsides that our AI technology provides.

“We will soon make announcements about the major infrastructure projects we are engaged to support in the coming months. These will be significant ventures in line with this breakthrough infrastructure program.”

According to market reports, Nanotechnology and Digital Twins will experience combined growth of more than 400% over the next five years.

Paul Stannard, chairman of the Vector Innovation Fund an international alternative investment vehicle for advancing enabling technologies globally says, “These tech growth sectors are paving the way for a new, more efficient future for cities and infrastructure both financially and environmentally by investing heavily in advanced technology. They will play a key part in solving major global challenges of sustainable infrastructure, energy transition, as well as decentralisation of healthcare.”

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