For those conscious of their carbon footprint, or seeking to reduce their energy usage, energy saving technology is invaluable. At this point in time, there is a number of technological prototypes in the making to help homeowners and tenants be more efficient. Some of this technology might already be familiar, whilst others are entirely new altogether and are a fantastic opportunity for homeowners and tenants across the country.
With this in mind, here is a snapshot of the most interesting and unique technology, which will transform the way we consume energy in the future.
As electric cars continue to gain popularity across the world, partly due to release of the electric car patent, it might seem inevitable that there is a new type of technology which will transform the way we travel.
Hydrogen cars are perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the last decade. Using hydrogen fuel cells, these cars absorb hydrogen from the atmosphere and convert this element into energy. One of the most exciting aspects of this technology is that it’s entirely green; no pollutants are released into the air and the bi-product is merely more hydrogen. In this respect, hydrogen cars are entirely self-sufficient and will not impact negatively on the world around them.
At this moment in time, hydrogen cars are currently available to rent in California but cannot be purchased. However, as fuel prices rise and demand for alternatives increase, it is entirely likely that hydrogen cars will become a viable alternative for the next generation.
Concrete has been used for building purposes ever since the Romans first constructed the Colosseum. However, concrete is also one of the least environmentally-friendly products that can be used. In order to produce concrete, it’s necessary to heat limestone to extreme temperatures; precisely 1450 degrees. In doing so, a substantial amount of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere and global warming is exacerbated.
To combat this problem, ‘green’ concrete is an exciting alternative which offers the same structural strength but without the environmental damage. It is made from magnesium and poses much less of a threat to the world around us. Rather than giving out carbon dioxide, green concrete actually absorbs C02 as it dries. This means that it can (slowly) help to reduce excessive amount of carbon dioxide currently within the atmosphere.
Offshore Wind Farms
Most people are already familiar with wind farms, but offshore wind farms are becoming an increasingly important way to source our energy needs. In the North Sea, for example, these wind farms are used to harness wind power. Once this energy has been collected, it’s then fed back to shore through large pipes positioned under the sea.
Offshore wind is an attractive option for many reasons. First and foremost, they are out of sight; helping to combat the negative association some people have with wind farms in the countryside. Additionally, the energy can be used for a variety of things; including domestic and commercial purposes. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that offshore wind farms are expensive to establish and can be challenging to maintain due to their inaccessibility.
As time goes on, it becomes increasingly likely that new technology will be required to source our demand for alternative energy. The examples used in this blog go some way in showing how technology will continue to change and adapt, particularly in the domestic environment.
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