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5 technologies aimed at a healthier planet

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Around the world, the threat of a dying planet has spurred the development of many new “green” technologies. From the production of biogas to the abundance of solar, wind, and water renewable energy, innnovators from all around the world have shifted their focus to the development of technologies capable of reducing the carbon footprint of the human race.

 

Politicians continue to preach green, creating countless new legislation in favor of saving our planet. The development of biofuels and biogas is growing exponentially. However, while most people may think of green technology as renewable energy, there is now an abundance of unique, creative technologies around the world that are contributing to a more energy-efficient planet.

 

Listed below are a few examples of these technologies:

 

1. The Magnetic Fridge

 

In Cambridge, the company Camfridge has begun to develop a new refrigerator that uses magnetic fields to cool metal alloys. The new method of cooling is a technology that is predicted to cut energy usage by 40%. As refrigerators and air conditioners are the most electricity consuming home applications, this new technology may help to cut energy consumption around the planet.

 

2. Methane Harvesting

 

In Penkun, Germany, a biogas plant has begun to extract methane from manure and using it as fuel. This new method can provide usable fuel around the whole planet from what we would usually consider waste. Fermenters are used to generate energy for all 50,000 citizens of Penkun.

 

3. Microwave Chemicals

 

Chemical manufactureres around the planet use an exhorbinant amount of energy heating chemical reagents. Microwaves may be implemented as a new method of heating these reagents. The new green technology may cut chemical production energy costs up to 90%. It method is still under development in the UK, however.

 

4. Remote Power Monitors

 

In Austrailia, the company Semitech Innovations located in Melbourne has created a new controller that allows you to monitor and control all household appliances. This is available to be done through the computer or a mobile phone. The added control over energy consumption can aid in reducing energy consumption all around the planet.

 

5. Energy Producing Tiles

 

A US company named PowerLeap has recently developed tiles that can generate energy when stepped on. Using American feet as an energy generator is an idea that can utilize the busy nature of our country to better our environment. The technology is suggested to be used in high-traffic areas such as Penn Station in New York and could generate up to 18,250 kilowatt-hours per 100 square meters per year.

 

These technologies are but 5 of countless other technologies aimed at the effort to save our planet. Companies will continue to develop these technologies if not only due to the effect of supply and demand. As more and more people realize the threat of the world’s energy consumption on the planet, more technologies will continue to be developed, all working together to provide as much protection for our planet as possible.

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5. Energy Producing Tiles

 

A US company named PowerLeap has recently developed tiles that can generate energy when stepped on. Using American feet as an energy generator is an idea that can utilize the busy nature of our country to better our environment. The technology is suggested to be used in high-traffic areas such as Penn Station in New York and could generate up to 18,250 kilowatt-hours per 100 square meters per year.

 

 

 

Extracting energy from humans is incredibly ineffcient and one would need to consider how much energy is used in creating and installing these tiles before it becomes viable - They would need to be in place for a very long time before they paid for themselves by eventually generating more energy than it took to produce them.

(my wording there sounds a little dodgy, just to clarify i'm not suggesting that energy is created from nothing here and that conservation of energy is still adhered to)

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