In honour of World Earth Day on April 22nd, we decided to dedicate this article to some of the current renewable technologies on offer in the 2019 market.
Renewable energy technologies enable us to create electricity, heat and fuel from renewable sources. Solar, wind, hydro, wave, heat-exchange, tidal, wave and bioenergy technologies are all powered by the sun, directly or indirectly. Tidal and wave energy technologies are also powered by the moon and geothermal technologies are powered by deep heat from the Earth’s core.
Today, we will be looking at our favourite of the smaller, more personal, renewable technology solutions and how some have even become cool, on-trend gadgets!
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World Earth Day: Top 3 Renewable Technologies
It is important to know, as citizens of the world, that we are currently experiencing impacts from climate change as a result of global warming. These impacts include global sea levels are rising at an alarmingly fast rate — 17 centimeters in the last century alone. Surface temperatures are setting new heat records about each year. The ice sheets continue to decline, glaciers are in retreat globally, and our oceans are more acidic than ever. We see deadly heat waves increasing every year as well as natural disasters.
Human activities are the leading cause for global warming, including the burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of the rainforest. Now is the time to act and come up with renewable solutions that embrace a clean energy and sustainable future.
Personal Wind Turbine
Simply stated, wind turbines work the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind—like a fan—wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which in turn spins a generator to create electricity.
We don’t mean a massive wind-farm turbine, we are talking about a sleek and slender piece of technology that you can keep in your back garden. For a mere $500, The Air-X turbine is designed for charging batteries that would power a cabin or small house.
Solar Powered Cars
Sono Motors: Sion Solar EV
Isn’t it a beautiful idea? Owning a car that will run constantly without having to go and get gas every other day? A car that will cost you pretty much nothing in running cost? Well, a couple of weeks ago, Sono Motors released the production design of its Sion Solar Electric car.
The car consists of integrated solar charging. Every flat surface of the car is covered in solar cells. The car has three sunroofs, all covered mostly in solar cells. The hood, the doors, and the back hatch also all have solar cells built into the surface. Under good conditions, the car can pick up about 19 miles per day of charging in the sun. In good light, ideal output is 1.2 kW, or pretty close to US level 1 charging.
Nothing special has to be done to start the charging, because it charges whenever there’s solar energy hitting the cells. Direct sunlight is best, but the cells will still produce some energy in shade or on cloudy days. Which is good news for us Vancouver!
Charging While Cooking
If like us, you love to go off the grid every once in a while and enjoy those Summer camping trips with friends and family, you will know how frustrating it is when your speaker runs out of juice. Or maybe your camera just died and you’ve missed that killer shot of the mountains at sunset. Well, this product is for you – The Powerpot 5.
The PowerPot combines the benefits of a lightweight cooking pot and a portable USB charger. Power any of your mobile devices all (using thermal energy) while heating up a meal on your trusty backpacking stove or campfire. It even comes in handy as a backup charger for a power outtage or another emergency.