Technology and Innovation as sustainability promoter

In the past decades we explored a fascinating trend regarding innovation and technology. In fact, technologic innovations changed our planet from the very beginning of humankind, and accelerated with an unbelievable speed in the last 100 years. In some cases technology helped to solve some critical environmental problems (e.g. substitutes for damaging CFC). In the next paragraphs I introduce to you some interesting inventions that could change the world in a quite impactful way.

Transparent solar cells

Ubiquitous Energy is the name of a young startup in California, and what they do sounds like science fiction. They invented “solar glass”, a mix between glass and solar cells, that are transparent but yet energy producing. Its application seems immediate, entire buildings could produce their own clean energy.

Biodegradable batteries

The main problem with batteries is that they are very difficult to recycle. But researchers from Sweden and the US found the solution: batteries made out of wood. Unfortunately mass production is still too expensive, but they plan to be on the market in 5 years with this new innovative product.

Electric cars charged with induction

One of my favourite future technologies are electric cars. But there are still some problems with it, for example the long charging times. But the UK Transport Research Laboratory found the solution for this problem, and it seems to good to be true. They plan to build streets where cars get their energy just while driving.  This sounds crazy but it could be the solution for urban traffic.

Hydrogen fuel cells

It is years that hydrogen fuel cells have been invented, but there are still no cars that work with this technology on the market. This will change in the very near future. Toyota and Hyundai, both are releasing their innovative hydrogen cars.

Source: The Guardian

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