Science and innovation will be critical in providing the answers we’ll need this decade to prevent global warming to 1.5°C, as set out in the Paris Agreement.
Today (Tuesday, November 9) at COP26, scientists and innovators will demonstrate how science and innovation can help accomplish urgent climate action.
Let us look at five sustainable innovations, ranging from microwave-powered boilers to bladeless wind turbines, that could revolutionize how we interact with our environment in the face of the climate crisis.
Bladeless Wind Turbines
Vortex Bladeless, a Spanish firm, has developed a wind turbine design that does not require moving blades.
The company’s 3m tall bladeless turbine is fastened vertically into the ground with an elastic rod. It’s made to swing – or oscillate – in the wind and generate power from the vibrations it causes.
Heat Wayv’s boiler heats water with electricity before pumping it through existing radiators, hot water taps, showers, and bathtubs. Home trials are scheduled by the end of 2022, despite the product still being a prototype.
New Technology for Preventing Plastic Pollution
Tiny plastic particles are shed from the tires as a vehicle stops, accelerates, or rounds a corner. This plastic trash is the world’s second-largest source of microplastics, but it’s a problem that’s often overlooked.
A solution has been developed by the Tyre Collective, a group of four students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom. Their prototype idea is a vehicle-mounted device that employs an electric charge to suck up tire dust as it is produced, keeping it from entering the environment.
RheEnergise, a British business, has developed a high-density energy storage device that can store and discharge electricity from slopes that are less steep than those required for hydropower dams to function. It generates the same amount of electricity from softer slopes by using a fluid with more than two and a half times the density of water.
Solar Panels From Wood Waste
Solar panels have been used to generate energy from the sun for decades, but that hasn’t stopped Carvey Ehren Maigue, an engineering student, from designing a new sort of solar panel built out of food waste.