Green technology seems like the new force that is taking the world by storm in 2024, but the world of sustainable innovation has a rich history that you might not know. 

Humans have been working on sustainable solutions to address everyday needs and environmental problems,  and the need for those solutions has become more necessary than ever before.

So What Does Green Technology Actually Mean?

In more simple words green technology is designed to minimize the harmful effects of human activity to save the environment.

Examples Of Green Technology:

Some of the world-saving innovations of green technology are listed below:

-Waste-to-energy : (To generate electricity by burning landfill).

-Waste Management And Recycling: (minimizing landfill and its impact).

-Electric transport ( Electric cars, EVs, buses, scooters, trucks).

-Water purification and wastewater treatment ( water recycling to make it drinkable or clean for some other purposes as well).

-Self-sufficient buildings (Through solar panels buildings produce energy to power themselves).

-Low-carbon construction (the development of energy-efficient buildings with smaller footprints and green materials).

-LED lighting ( Ultra energy efficient light bulbs).

-Programmable thermostats ( the saving of energy when you’re not at home by programming temperatures).

-Carbon Capture And Storage ( capturing and removing carbon from the atmosphere).

-Green Materials (local, renewable materials like hemp, straw, and bamboo).

-Vertical farming ( uses less water. Less hand and can be set up in cities).

-Wave energy ( to generate electricity using ocean waves).

-Composting (making of fertilizer with the food waste).

-Carbon tracking software (the software that calculates the company’s carbon emissions).

-Batteries (the storage of energy is crucial in the transition to renewables).

Top 5 Green Tech Trends For 2024:

Here are the top five green tech trends for 2024.

1) Hydrogen: 

Battery-powered electric vehicles are now the things that everyone is familiar with, but there’s something new to meet. It’s another kind of electric vehicle, called a fuel cell electric vehicle.

These cars don’t need batteries to run — only need hydrogen to run. There are no harmful emissions from these cars and are more efficient than combustion-powered vehicles.

According to some predictions, hydrogen will eventually power more than 400 million cars, 20 million buses, and more than 20% of cruise ships by 2050. The price of hydrogen fuel is still expensive, but in various parts of the world, these cars are already being purchased. The reason for this interest is the potential for hydrogen-powered vehicles to reduce emissions significantly compared to conventional fossil fuel vehicles.

2) Low-Carbon Construction:

Now you can see that smart, and sustainable buildings are constructed everywhere, and for many beneficial reasons. Globally, 38% of greenhouse gas emissions come from traditional buildings and construction.

The sole mission of designing these low-carbon buildings is to emit little to no carbon throughout their entire lifespan. These buildings are made of eco-friendly materials such as hemp and bamboo and require minimal cooling and heating, in a result producing less pollution and waste. In these buildings their own energy is produced by the rooftop solar panels. The demands for the construction of these buildings are increasing day by day and show that low-carbon buildings are a crucial asset for a green future.

3) Renewable Energy Storage:

As renewable energy becomes more mainstream, one challenge is ensuring that it is consistently available, even when clouds cover the sun for days, or the wind doesn’t blow for weeks. So to address this problem, you have to store a massive amount of energy at a lower cost for extended periods of time.

Aquion Energy, Highview Power, and Malta (Google X) are innovative companies that are working all around the globe to develop unique long-term storage solutions for sustainable power generated by renewable energy resources. The demand for cutting-edge storage technology is higher than ever before, making fossil fuels out and renewables in.

4) Upcycling (circular waste management):

Upcycling is the process of transforming the waste into usable and new products or materials. Innovative organizations and companies are unlocking the potential of upcycling existing waste into everything with fuels, clothes, fertilizers, and bicycles.

Upcycling is the visionary model where waste doesn’t exist”. The waste is transformed into the building blocks of innovative creations.

5) Carbon Capture And Storage:

As a step towards reversing global warming, carbon offsets are necessary, but they cannot keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C on their own. To do this we’ll have to remove the existing carbon physically from the atmosphere.

Synthetic fuel is made by capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere. Currently operating on a small scale and also very expensive, but according to a study conducted by Stanford University, the cost of this technology will be decreased by sixfold, making it more scalable.

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