As the ongoing water shortage in Cape Town shows, we should never take our water supply for granted.
Droughts, earthquakes and pollution are just some of the things that can lead to clean water becoming scarce. And without access to clean water, people can rapidly lose their hydration, hygiene – and ultimately their health.
To give you just one example, it’s estimated that 842,000 people a year lose their lives to diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, hand hygiene and sanitation. I’m sure you’ll agree, these are shocking numbers.
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…
A few days ago, my brother sent me a link to a YouTube video that he described as “compelling and thought provoking”. Now, my brother is certainly not the type of person who’s prone to exaggeration or overstatement. So, naturally, his comments piqued my interest, and I quickly found the time to watch the one-hour video.
What did I think?
I was mesmerised. And I think you will be too.
I’ve embedded the video into this post, but let me give you some brief details before you click play…
When North American online retailer Deelat contacted me a few weeks ago about reviewing one of their products – I jumped at the chance.
They asked me if I’d like review one of their solar-powered LED security lights. I immediately said yes, as I’ve always been fascinated by solar-powered lights (but frequently disappointed by their performance.)
Despite my UK location, Deelat arranged for the product to be shipped to me by FedEx. It arrived promptly, just five days after being sent from Canada.
Can renewable energy really compete with coal, gas and oil?
Yes, it can. And it already is.
As proof, take a look at the impressive renewable energy projects listed below. They are built on a BIG scale – to help power whole towns, cities and counties.
These projects are part of an ongoing energy revolution that is seeing the rapid replacement of fossil fuels by clean, sustainable alternatives.
Do you remember when wind-up radios first hit the market in the 1990s?
They were certainly popular. But, they were also bulky and heavy.
I used to have one of the early Freeplay radios. It was great fun, but it involved far too much winding for my liking!
Twenty years later, technology has moved on in leaps and bounds. Wind-up radios are now cheap, lightweight and feature-packed.
A few months ago, I bought myself a $29.99 Duronic Apex. This is a radio, torch and alarm clock, that can be powered in three ways:
Solar power is typically inconspicuous, as solar panels tend to sit high on the roofs of our buildings. However, this silent power generator is at the tipping point of an energy revolution.
There are various reasons for the burgeoning success of solar power, but let’s take a look at just three of the major trends that are converging right now.
“Sustainable energy is the fundamental problem the world faces.” – Elon Musk
Every generation needs a pioneer who can transform industries and societies.
Elon Musk certainly fits this mold.
Musk, 43, was a co-founder of PayPal, who after selling his holdings in that company, looked for ways he could help the world through green, innovative and futuristic businesses.
You may not know his name, but it is likely you have heard of Tesla – his increasingly successful electric car company.
Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX, who is developing the tools and technology to allow us to live in space. And finally, he is the Chairman of SolarCity, his renewable-energy company specializing in Solar Power for both homeowners and businesses.
Musk is such an important figure in the way our future is developing that it is worth looking in more depth at each of his major commercial offerings.
Would you like to take a glimpse into the near future?
Join us as we explore some of the exciting and innovative technologies that are set to make our cities cleaner, greener and safer.
As electric bikes and cars continue to gain in popularity, charging options have become increasingly important.
French company AdvanSolar has developed an innovative and exciting range of solar charging stations.
Two of their key products are designed to charge electric bikes and cars from the power of the sun.
Let’s take a look…