5 Tech Making This World A Greener And Sustainable Place
As the world is facing severe climate change problems throughout the world such as floods in several parts of India and Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We must work towards making this world more sustainable and greener.
Here is a list of 5 technology trends, in the future we must focus on.
1. Transparent Solar Cells
MIT researchers are making transparent solar cells that could turn everyday products such as windows and electronic devices into power generators—without altering how they look or function today. How? Their new solar cells absorb only infrared and ultraviolet light.
Visible light passes through the cells unimpeded, so our eyes don’t know they’re there. Using simple room-temperature methods, the researchers have deposited coatings of their solar cells on various materials and have used them to run electronic displays using ambient light.
They estimate that using coated windows in a skyscraper could provide more than a quarter of the building’s energy needs without changing its look. They’re now beginning to integrate their solar cells into consumer products, including mobile device displays.
2. Hydrogen Fuel Cells
From jojoba-based biofuel through to rubbish-powered cars, humans have been long seeking something to replace the pollution ridden and eco destructive fuels. Until now, hydrogen fueled cars were put into the category of “tried and failed”, but the recent release of commercial hydrogen fuel cars by Toyota and Hyundai beg to differ.
Another company that is bullishly seeking this technology is Intelligent Energy, where Henri Winand, the CEO of the company, thinks that the age of hydrogen cars has arrived.
He might be right as hydrogen fuel cells have made way from cars to replacements for small diesel back-up generators in India and the charger Up in Apple stores in the UK.
3. Induction Charging Cars
New technology for electric vehicles could see the end of having to navigate plugs and wires for refuelling after Ford unveiled a wireless system that will let drivers charge their cars by simply pulling up in a parking space.
The wireless charging technology, which to date has only been available for smaller gadgets such as phones and smartwatches, means that electric car drivers in Europe can park-and-charge without the need of a plug.
The company said the system has been designed to prevent drivers from forgetting to recharge and to allow small fuel boosts even when time is tight.
A realistic goal is the introduction of induction charging in cars that doesn’t mean that you can charge on the go, but remove the hassle of using cables. Companies like Qualcomm Halo, BMW, and Volkswagen have been at the forefront of the development of wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology, and trials have already been done in London a couple of months back.
4. Biodegradable Batteries
Researchers in Sweden and the US revealed that they developed a biodegradable battery that consists of a squishy wood-based foam substance called aerogel. Around 22,000 tonnes of batteries are dumped each year, and the recycling rates are as low as 10%.
The researchers propose to solve this issue by creating a battery extracted primarily from wood pulp. Other salient features include its light weight, elastic surface, and deep cycles.
We have seen a lot of research in this niche, notable ones include a battery that could dissolve in water. It was created by scientists at the University of Illinois and Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Although the company is quite far from mass production of this product, the researchers believe that they can currently target wearable computing and in-car electronics markets to test the product.
5. Microgeneration Boilers
Microgeneration boilers produce both heat and electricity in one single process. This process is sometimes referred to as cogeneration and the technology that supports it has been around since the 1970s, but has mainly been confined to industry and large dwellings such as hospitals and sports centres.
As the price of fuel has increased over the last few years, it now makes economic sense to bring CHP technology into the domestic setting. Not only will a microgeneration boiler provide your home with hot water, it will also provide electricity, meaning you could benefit from the Government’s Feed-in Tariff.
A micro-CHP boiler is defined in the EU Act on Cogeneration as a domestic unit that is limited to 50kW of capacity.
Do you know about any other technological things happening which can change the future? Tell us in the comments section…