Despite being a relatively new field, Green Technology is highly regarded for its interesting developments over the years. Here are examples of the latest innovations in Green Technology.
Toilet To Truck Technology
As part of their greenhouse gas reduction, a particular Scandinavian city has turned to human waste and sewage for their solution. The Grow Smart Project is a Stockholm-based initiative that aims to make bio-fuel for motorcyclists from household waste. To make this initiative possible, the city is planning to install high-tech systems that convert household waste to fuel.
The Straddling Bus
In China, severe traffic congestion has cost air pollution and excessive fuel consumption. For this reason, the concept of the ‘Straddling Bus’ was born. This bus can cross two lanes of traffic with ease. Thanks to its smart design, this bus allows vehicles to pass underneath it. The concept of the ‘Straddling Bus’ was presented at the 19th International High-Tech Expo of 2016.
Smart City Cards For Eco-Friendly Vehicles
Slovenia doesn’t have an advanced Green Technology unlike China and the UAE. However, the country hosts the European Green Capital of 2016, Ljubljana. The city makes use of a multipurpose Urbana smart city card, which can be used by both residents and tourists. Using this card, people can ride environmentally-friendly vehicles and city bikes for commuting.
Air travel is known to produce 780 million tons of carbon emissions per year. This figure has pressured several think tanks to look for possible solutions, including the USA-based startup Wright Electric. This startup claims that they can build a 150-seater aircraft that can fly 300 miles with the use of pure electricity. Currently, a UK-based budget airline has shown interest in this technology.
Wooden Computer Chips
Computer chips are traditionally made from metal, which may seem okay when at use. But when disposed of, these computer chips are difficult to recycle or degrade naturally. To curb this, the University of Wisconsin-Madison manufactured computer microchips from epoxy-coated cellulose nanofibril. This material prevents the chip from attracting moisture, which wood usually does.
Long-Lasting Light bulb
Light bulbs are a necessary addition to a person’s home. However, regular bulbs burn out after many usages and later become an addition of the non-biodegradable stockpile. The Dyson Company has begun developing a light bulb that can last for 37 years. Instead of the usual round heat sink, the Dyson light bulb uses a horizontal heat pipe to make the light bulb last longer.
Marine power, more so of the waves, has a lot of undiscovered potentials. Researchers believe that marine energy can provide for half of America’s electric needs. It just needs the right equipment to harness its power, like the wave carpet. This carpet functions by undulating alongside the waves, which generates hydraulic energy that is turned into electricity.
Goodenough’s Glass Electrolyte Model
At the age of 94, John B. Goodenough came up with a battery model that may revolutionize the energy industry. Goodenough’s Glass Electrolyte Model can store energy up to three times that regular lithium batteries can do. Goodenough’s batteries are also said to be safer, quicker to charge, and more capable of handling extreme temperatures.
HARVEST’s Solar Leaves
This latest innovation comes from a 13-year old named Maanasa Mendu. Maanasa has devised an energy device called HARVEST that can produce clean energy at the cost of $5. The secret behind HARVEST is the ‘solar leaves’ that generate power from the sun and vibrations. HARVEST is made from piezoelectric materials, which makes this power generation possible.
Green Smart Homes
According to a report from the CNBC, 2017 may be the year that consumers understand what a smart home tech is. For those who don’t know, Green Smart Homes are homes that assist homeowners in reaching energy consumption goals. These homes are capable of managing the usage of energy in the house, among other things.
What is the most promising Green Technology innovation to you?