December 23, 2017
7 Green Tech Trends to Watch for in 2018
I thought it would be good to end the year by putting together a brief article showing the seven green technology trends that I expect to dominate in 2018.
For each section, I’ve included a snippet of a relevant article that will give you more information if you’re interested in that particular topic.
Let’s get started with the big one…
1. Self-Driving Cars
Yes, you’re going to hear a lot more about self-driving cars (and trucks) in 2018. The technology is already in place, and it’s now just a case of testing, refinement and securing the necessary regulations. Reduced accidents and a less vehicles on the roads, are just two of the significant benefits offered by self-driving cars.
The future is now for self-driving cars
The future is never as far away as we think. When it comes to self-driving vehicles, the future is already here.
2. Solar Power
It’s happened so slowly that most people have missed it. What am I talking about? The fact that solar panels have become much more efficient over the last few decades – and their price has dropped massively too. Solar is silent, increasingly good-looking, and just what’s needed to help move the world away from fossil fuels.
The world’s first fully solar powered train is here and this is just the beginning
For as far as my memory goes, scientists across the globe have been debating and urging people to bring renewable energy to board.
3. Battery Storage
Tesla is leading the way with this (as I’m sure you’ve heard). And clearly, battery storage is the final ingredient of the renewable-energy mix. Once wind, wave and solar power can be captured and stored – suddenly renewables become far more useful than critics would ever dare to admit.
12 gigawatts of battery storage in UK is possible by 2022
A new report published last week by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Storage concludes that installing 12 gigawatts of batteries…
4. Smart Cities
Smart technology is being embedded into our towns and cites at an incredible rate. For example, Milton Keynes, a city close to where I live, has begun installing tiny road monitors at junctions and roundabouts. These monitors will allow traffic congestion to be mapped in real-time. Operators will be able to use this information to control traffic lights – helping vehicles to flow across the city much better than before.
Connected streetlights illuminate path to smart cities
Projects to install connected streetlights show that cities are serious about getting smarter. These technologies face bright growth prospects over the next decade.
Forget globalisation, the trend has turned, and now ‘localisation’ is the way things are going. I truly believe this. Big business is falling out of favour with the public, and nowadays, most people are turning back to local shops and locally-grown food. And of course, millions of people now get their energy from solar panels on homes, schools and other buildings.
In Denver, it took a village to build a microgrid
Greenbiz: Fifteen contracts were involved in getting the grid-tied Pena Station off the ground.
Elon Musk captured the world’s imagination with his idea for a unique high-speed transport system. And while the last couple of years has seen huge media coverage of the idea, 2018 will (in my opinion) be the year that the general public fully grasps what Hyperloop is all about.
All your questions about the Hyperloop, answered
In August 2013, disappointed by the high-speed-rail system being built through the center of California, Elon Musk released a white paper called Hyperloop Alpha…
7. Recyclable Plastic
Plastic pollution is headline news at the moment. Everywhere you turn, there are articles on the environmental impacts of plastic pollution on our land and seas. Clearly, this can’t continue. Expect 2018 to be the year when governments and businesses around the world are forced to take action to stop plastic pollution. One key way they will do this, is by mandating that plastic packaging by recyclable.
A mum kept all the non-recyclable plastic from her shopping to try to shame a supermarket into action
Rhiannon Thomas took a picture of the rubbish on her kitchen floor and shared it with Tesco.
Do you think I’ve missed any big trends? If yes, please let me know in the comments section below.
Craig J Todd – Freelance writer with a passion for tech, trends and simplicity.
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