8 Technologies spearheading the Sustainability movement in 2021

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As the world looks for ways to combat climate change, innovative designers continue to create sustainable technology for Earth’s future. These new products reduce the reliance on fossil fuels while helping marginalized populations attain the resources they desperately need.  

1. Solar generators

One popular sustainable technology is the solar generator. This technology converts solar energy into an electrical current that homeowners and business owners can use to put at their homes and offices.

Solar Generator
Solar cell energy | Image credit: panya8510/freepik

With a solar generator, users can power small electronic devices when traditional energy sources aren’t available. These powerful tools can run a refrigerator and other home appliances for several days. Solar generators offer reliable backup power in areas that lose power after storms or other extreme weather events, making them a good investment for a changing climate environment.

2. Solar-powered desalination plants

As more people rely on fewer freshwater sources, the need for reliable desalination plants is growing. With solar-powered desalination plants, people can access clean water without relying on non-renewable sources for filtering and treatment. 

3. Electric vehicles

If you look around the roads in your community, you are sure to see many more electric vehicles than you would have even five years ago. Many of these vehicles incorporate hybrid technology, but the electric batteries still significantly reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. 

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Electric Vehicle charging | Image credit: freepik

New EV technology is on the horizon, as engineers are designing power systems that use electromagnetic cables installed in the roadways. This innovation can reduce the reliance on electricity and gasoline, even more, leading to greener ways of getting around.

4. Wastewater energy

Engineers have designed a generator that uses wastewater by combining microbial fuel cells and reverse electrodialysis. This technology can power a water treatment plant and have enough energy remaining to support a municipal power grid.

5. Innovative vertical farming

Traditional farming uses a significant amount of land, water, and human resources. With vertical farming, everything changes. Stacking layers of product reduce water runoff, requires less land, and eliminates the need for poisonous pesticides. It also reduces the need for humans to reap the crop. 

Verticle Farming
New farming technology | Image credit: freepik

With vertical farming, innovative farmers can reduce their reliance on toxic animal manure. These farms also use less soil, reducing soil degradation from over-farming. Lastly, farmers are turning to agtech to manage greenhouse gases better and to protect the environment. 

6. Intentionally green architecture

Architects are intentionally designing new homes and offices to need less support from municipal grids and water systems. Designers plan interior spaces to benefit from natural light and heating and design new buildings with upcycled or recycled materials. These small changes can lead to systemic reductions in emissions from construction and heating and cooling.

7. Alternative meat

Plant-based meat offers vegetarians an alternative to animal products. Now, lab-grown meat provides an eco-friendly option for people who want to eat beef and poultry without worrying about the animals and their care polluting the environment. 

With lab-grown meat, no animals have to die to feed the masses. Beef, port, and poultry farms create an excessive amount of waste. Scientists create lab-grown meat from live animal biopsies. The meat is fed with plant-based nutrients and eventually processed into edible forms, like chicken nuggets. How’s that for food for thought?

8. Plastic recycling

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Plastic bottles for recycling | Image credit: rawpixel.com/freepik

While products made of glass can be recycled several times, many plastics can only be recycled once, if at all. The latest technology uses a chemical recycling technique that lets the fossil-fuel-based material see several uses.

Wrap up

As climate change ramps up and more people turn to sustainable lifestyles, innovative developers meet the need for new technologies. From the power grid to the dinner table, these technologies are changing how we use our resources.

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