Global warming and other eminent environmental threats make us worry for our future generations. How will they survive in a world where nature will be their enemy? From this concern thousands of people have adapted a more eco-friendly lifestyle and they try to keep their carbon footprint restricted to a minimum.
Despite such efforts, we cannot neglect the fact that global pollution is increasing. Scientists, architects and environmentalists are working continuously to come up with sustainable lifestyle solutions. Some of the best green technologies, that give us hope for tomorrow, have been listed in the following.
Solar spray and Solar Leaves
We read everywhere about the importance of turning towards alternative energy sources, especially the abundantly available solar power. However, few homeowners have been able to depend on solar energy for powering their homes. The main reason behind this is the high costs of solar panels. On top of that the solar panels are bulky and do not look much attractive.
A Norwegian company named EnSol has developed a new technology called the Solar Spray. If homeowners spray it on the windows of their homes then they will be able to convert sun rays into usable solar energy. The transparent Solar Spray does not obstruct vision. You can also try the stylish Solar Leaves which will cover the roof of your house and convert sunrays into usable solar energy.
The human civilization is growing in volume and numbers at a rapid speed. As a natural consequence more suburban places are being converted into urban habitats. Green architecture is a new type of architecture and building technique which can make your living space more eco-friendly and sustainable. This type of building technique lets in the natural lights and uses insulation for making your home more energy efficient.
The materials for construction are either repurposed or recycled. Often the building material is sourced from landfill sites. The construction itself will be such that heat will not easily escape from indoors in winter and heat will not get conducted from outdoors in summers.
The traditional energy grids cause wastage of energy and production cost of electricity is generally quite high. To counter the problems International Energy Agency is working on smart grids and will be spending $16 trillion on this new technology before 2030. The aim of smart grids is to reduce costs and help in even and consistent distribution of power. The smart grids will help the utility companies to do more with low cost sources of energy cost effectively. Smart grids are also aimed at reducing the production of carbon dioxide.
Power is in your footsteps
Researchers are conducting different types of experiments to find out new sources of clean energy. Instead of trying to utilize the power of sunrays or blowing wind, Powerleap has decided to give more attention to our footsteps. The company is trying to produce usable electric energy from the kinetic energy generated by human foot traffic. The technology which will help in this type of energy conversion can be used in places like sidewalks, airports, train stations and parks where foot traffic is more intense.
Carbon capture is a new technique of storing carbon particles under the ground. It can solve many problems but the technique itself poses several problems like leakage and pollution. Recently two molecules have been identified which are ZIFs and amines. These molecules will help in making the carbon capture technology work.
Scientists and researchers are experimenting with new technologies to come up with solutions that will promote a healthy, pollution free and sustainable lifestyle. New technologies are focusing on reducing effects of global warming and pollution.