The future can be scary, especially when we don’t know what’s going to happen to the world and those living in it. In terms of sustainability and eco-friendly living, however, perhaps we’re in for a green revolution as green technologies today actually exist that can change the future for generations to come. Hang on tight as we’re going to fly into science fiction territory, where what used to be concepts in stories before have actually become closer to reality.
The investment towards green technology actually reflects current numbers in terms of green services and products, both in the United States and worldwide. The sales of eco-friendly products in the United States alone topped $40-billion last 2012, with more having come from various initiatives. $10-billion of the amount has come to investing towards clean-diesel, hybrid, and electric vehicles; $29.2-billion having come towards organic food initiatives, $640-million having come from green-cleaning products, and more than $10-billion from clean energy.
Meanwhile, as much as $5.2-trillion were made in terms of goods and services. 48-percent of all of these have from activities towards lower carbon emissions, 31-percent having come from green energy, and 21-percent having come from eco-friendly initiatives. So what other green technologies are beginning to make a change in the green lifestyle game?
- What about an energy-generating soccer field? Pavegen from the United Kingdom has created a special soccer field in Lagos, Nigeria that has flood lights powered by stepping onto the field itself. The company has created the field with special tiles capable of capturing kinetic energy, which is the same technology they applied to their own power-generating walkways being tested in public squares in the United States, and some airports in London.
- What about organic solar film? Heliatek from Germany envisions buildings generating their own energy, which is now one step closer thanks to their solar panels that are actually just as thin and flexible as paper. These solar “films” (not panels) can actually be integrated with other materials, such as concrete and glass, in order to create functional facades of vehicles and houses, and can even be used in structures to generate their own electricity. The cool part is that the materials of this solar film can also be recycled!
- What about super cheap turbines? The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan plan on replacing concrete wave breakers with turbines capable of doing the same task – and more. Concrete wave breakers help protect shores from erosion, and the Institute plans on creating “sea horse” turbines to generate electricity and at the same time be able to do the same function as these wave breakers. This can reduce costs and at the same time do two things at once.
- What about stronger, longer-lasting roads made out of plastic? Governments in Europe such as the United Kingdom are starting to communicate with green companies in order to create better infrastructure. One growing idea is turning plastic waste into road-based asphalt, which can make roads sturdier and longer-lasting. This can help give waste plastic a second life, and potentially save a ton of costs. These plastic-based asphalt roads are already being used in the United Kingdom in Bahrain.
- What about cargo sailing? Zephyre & Boree from France has now combined wind energy technology and traditional sailing to create eco-friendly transportation. The company has created various kinds of sailing vessels that can power itself through wind energy, potentially producing 70-percent less carbon dioxide than fuel-powered cargo ships.
- What about solar-powered shops? In Kenya, a German start-up has started creating “modular shops” that are powered by solar energy. Their prototypes in Kenya are powerful enough to provide electricity for fridges, water purification, and internet access. The power is strong enough to also print and scan documents, and even recharge their devices.
Conclusion: Go For Green
If you take the above into consideration, you’re likely going to discover that these green technologies can actually make a huge change to the world. While these green technologies may not arrive worldwide in the immediate future, knowing these can be used to make the world a better place can actually be an exciting prospect. While there’s no news as to when these will be rolled out internationally, stay tuned for more updates here at Baltic Compass.
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