Top 10 Sustainable Energy innovations from the last 12 months
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Nerdalize came up first in our top 10 business ideas and opportunities for 2016. The data storage company makes use of the waste heat from stored servers, and uses it to warm homes. Flow Energy’s microCHP boiler similarly generates energy as a byproduct of heating consumers’ homes, and could earn households up to GBP 500 per year.
Many countries are actively searching for alternatives to environmentally unsustainable materials such as clay fired bricks. Bloque Termodisipador BT is a re-engineered clay brick that has a semi-hollow core, which will naturally regulate a building’s temperature. We also saw an eco-friendly brick made from recycled industrial waste. Cement is another essential building material that was the subject of innovation — Cortex is an easily transportable cement alternative, which takes the form of rollable concrete sheets that are activated by water.
With the advent of driverless cars and electric vehicles, new business ideas are springing up in related industries. Now, equipment installed beneath the road surface of UK motorways could soon be wirelessly charging electric vehicles, diminishing the need for drivers to stop and charge their batteries.
As intelligent software becomes more readily available in the form of household devices, they are benefitting consumers in novel ways. Orison Energy have created home batteries that can be charged up at off-peak times — when energy rates are lower — and used to power appliances.
Wind turbines have yet to earn their place in everyday homes due to negative associations with its aesthetics and its inconsistent net energy production. But a new smart wind turbine from ENESSERE have been designed to be cohesive with its environment, and will learn local wind patterns to predict optimum working periods.
Organic energy production has abundant benefits, not only for the environment, but for areas of the world that do not have adequate energy infrastructure. Researchers at the University of Technology and Engineering in Peru have developed a way to use soil bacteria to power lamps. We also saw SALt, an efficient, safe light source powered by salt and water, which can last for up to six months when used for eight hours a day.
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