Apr 30, 2018 - 2min read
Welcome to the latest edition of Green Tech Briefing! Last week brought us Earth Day, and with it lots of cause for celebration about developments in sustainable technology and environmentally-friendly policies.
We Gonna Rock Down To Electric Avenue
36 years after Eddy Grant released the absolute bop ‘Electric Avenue’ his vision has come to life…. in Sweden, where the world’s first electrified road is charging vehicles as they drive along. Hans Säll, the driver behind the project, has visions of electrifying all 20,000km of Sweden’s highways.
Happy Earth Day!
We had a fantastic Earth Day here at Tonik HQ, my personal highlight is seeing all of the pledges people have made on our Twitter feed. Tesla took to Instagram to celebrate by sharing some impressive statistics. Did you know that 7.4 million tons of CO2 has been saved by Tesla products? That’s the equivalent of 15,489 trees.
World’s biggest wind turbine emerges from the deep
This is another Swedish venture (ABBA, IKEA, Nobel Prizes… great things come from Sweden!) and the 191-metres-high wind turbine is so powerful it can power your home with a single spin. This is the first of eleven turbines - when the entire fleet is up and running they will be able to generate 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand.
Indoor Solar Power
Researchers have created solar cells that can function with very low levels of light – so low in fact that they can work indoors or outside when the sky has clouded over. This is thanks to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a technology first developed in 1991 that is becoming increasingly sophisticated. One day this technology might make charging gadgets a thing of the past.
Did you know that 70% of the energy produced in the U.S. is wasted as heat? Engineers from the University of California have set about making this process more efficient by converting waste heat into energy. Their proposed solution is a thin film device that does something called pyrolectric energy conversion which will absorb heat and turn it into more energy.