Top 10 Sustainable Energy innovations from the last 12 months

Top 10 Sustainable Energy innovations from the last 12 months

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1 Money-making boiler generates electricity and cuts CO2 emissions

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.

Read more about Flow Energy »

2 In Colombia, semi-hollow brick design will keep buildings cool

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.

Read more about Bloque Termodisipador BT »

3 UK motorways could soon have an in-road EV charging lane

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.

Read more about Highways England »

4 Energy efficient street lamps are also mosquito traps

With a dual purpose of public health and sustainability, these smart outdoor LED street lamps in Malaysia are powered by wind and solar energy, and give off a ‘human’ scent to attract, then trap and kill mosquitos.

Read more about University of Malay »

5 Breathable facade cools eco-friendly office towers

The Gensler Tower uses a passive ventilation system in the form of ‘breathable’ walls to control temperature, providing offices with fresh air and significantly reducing energy usage.

Read more about Gensler Tower »

6 External batteries charge at night to reduce electricity bills

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.

Read more about Orison Energy »

7 Sharing economy for water lets farmers lease excess resource to neighbors

Water is another precious resource that often goes to waste unnecessarily. The Swiim System encourages more efficient use of water by enabling farmers to ‘lease’ out surplus supply to others.

Read more about Swiim System »

8 Smart wind turbines for family homes learn wind patterns

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.

Read more about Enessere »

9 Smog vacuum turns pollution into jewelry

Another dual function, sustainably-powered structure is from Studio Roosegaarde — the wind-powered tower sucks in smog from the air, and uses the particles to make jewelry.

Read more about Studio Roosegaarde »

10 Plant lamp powered by soil bacteria

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.

Read more about UTEC »

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