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How the Path to Sustainability is Paved with New Tech

Waves breaking on the coast of Lanzarote, La Santa.

New green technology is significant in paving the way towards sustainability and here is why:

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Robotics or any technology that minimizes waste, emissions or the reduction of materials provide what the world needs for a sustainable future.

“New Tech holds enormous potential to increase sustainability. Emerging new technologies are enabling innovative new ways to drive progress toward the 17 social, economic, and environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – The Wall Street Journal

Meanwhile the clean energy sector generates hundreds of billions in economic activity and is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years.

In this article we will introduce some new technological innovations that transform the energy sector. These technologies allow for the captivation of clean energy from natural resources such as water and sun and have great potential to revolutionize the energy market towards sustainability.

Marine Energy

Unlike more established forms of renewable energy like solar and wind, marine energy is still very young. And the numerous technologies designed to use this energy are not yet fully mature but have great future potential.

According to Ocean Energy System 2014 and Ocean Energy Europe 2016, “by 2050, marine energy, whether from tides or waves, will help produce nearly 340 GW of energy globally, 100 GW of which will come from Europe alone”.

The energy from waves, tides and currents, known collectively as ocean energy, is a massive resource. The total energy available along the American continental shelf could potentially provide roughly half of the total US energy supply. In this article we want to review just some of the many new marine energy technologies that bare great potential.

1.Underwater buoys that convert sea waves into zero emission energy:

An Australian company has been working on a system that uses underwater buoys to convert sea waves into zero emission energy and desalinated water. The steel made buoys, which can currently generate 240 kilowatts, are the main part of the system. The buoys are less susceptible to extreme weather damage while underwater waves are sufficient to generate power.

The buoys’ pumps drive the high-pressure water to an onshore powerplant. The high-pressure water spins the turbines which then generates zero carbon electricity. The system can also be used to power a desalinization plant. The company believes that the price for the electricity from the water will be competitive with diesel if it is deployed at a large scale.

2.Underwater turbines:

Harnessing marine energy while transporting it to population centers is a difficult task. A large concern is finding suitable locations along the coast that will not affect coastline ecosystems and property values. Therefore, we need a more suitable way to capture ocean energy.

One of the most promising technologies in this sector is tidal energy. It has huge potential in the renewable energy market because of its predictable and consistent availability. Tides change four times a day, every day.

Underwater turbines are essentially windmills installed onto an ocean floor or a river bed. The underwater current produced by the tides spin the blades of the turbines. Although underwater turbines are essentially the same thing as windmills, they have a few advantages: they take up no space on land and since water is much denser than air, the same amount of energy can be produced by an underwater turbine as a windmill, but at a slower speed and over less area.

Solar Energy

Solar energy is the most abundant energy on earth and solar power is on the rise. While solar plants have become common in many households, the technology is still constantly improving.

1. New solar panel design allows for greater efficiency:

Solar panels are designed to capture energy from the sun, but the majority of the sun’s energy is lost as heat. New inventions in solar panel design allow for the production of both electricity and heat. These solar panels help buildings produce their own heat and electricity through solar energy.

The front of these panels is designed to generate photovoltaic energy while the rear produces hot water by means of a heat exchanger, thereby providing households with free hot water that has been sourced in an environmentally friendly manner.

2. Hybrid solar panels designed to capture energy from rain and sun:

Scientists have been able to overcome a design flaw of solar panels by allowing them to collect energy in both the rain and sun. These so called all-weather solar panels allow any homes, no matter the geographical location, to produce electricity for their home. During rainfall the solar panel generates electricity from the force of the rain falling on their surface.

3. Solar panels that run on bacteria power:

To harness power from the bacteria, scientists arranged nine bio solar cells in a 3×3 pattern to form a scalable and stackable panel. Cyanobacteria are used on the panels which can be found in aquatic and terrestrial habitats as source of clean and sustainable energy. In the daytime oxygen and electrons are released through photosynthetic reactions and at night electrons are produced from the bacteria’s respiratory activities.

The Cutting Edge of Green Techology

With all their promise, the advances mentioned above are just the tip of the technological iceberg. Many companies are coming to the realization that change has to happen, and it has to happen soon. As our resources dwindle and are surpassed by demand, we work to find those green technologies that make an impact, and the people who want their investments to make an impact. Contact Transformation, LLC to join us in transforming the world and our future.

May 13, 2020

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