Technology at the service of the human being . Advances that make our world a better and more convenient place. What does the future hold? In this article, we tell you five green technologies that can transform our planet and slow its deterioration..
There are five ecological technologies that are aimed at turning the Earth into a legacy for our children, for all those who are yet to come. Technologies applied to the environment that, we hope, bear the expected fruit and succeed in curbing climate change.
According to data provided by Greenpeace, in 2015 plastic production reached 380 million tons. Its main problem is that it takes hundreds of years to decompose and, as time passes, it fragments and pollutes our oceans..
Bioplastic is presented as the definitive alternative, since it is built on the basis of natural polymers extracted from cellulose, potato starch and other vegetables. Bioplastic reduces the carbon footprint, its production pollutes less and does not contain harmful additives.
Gray water recycling
Gray waters are those that come from domestic use, from actions such as washing utensils, showering, washing clothes, etc. The Cascade company offers its 'Free Aqua' service through which domestic water consumption could be reduced by 45%. It is a device that is placed behind the toilet and collects the sewage from the shower . It stores 100 liters of water and reuses it to fill the tank up to four times..
Spherical solar panels, that's what the 'Cool Earth Solar' project proposes. Hot air balloons but equipped with solar panels. These can generate up to 400 times more energy than a conventional panel. Their manufacturing cost is minimal (it is estimated that each one can reach two dollars) and they are resistant to bad weather.
Glowing Plant is a project that wants to change the way we illuminate ourselves. And they want to achieve it through bioluminescent plants . Bioluminescence is not a recent discovery: in 1986, a group of scientists were able to implant a luminescent enzyme in a genetically modified tobacco plant. Through this modification, the Glowing Plants project would use a bacterial gene capable of producing light (Vibrio fischeri) to replace street lamps with trees. Science fiction?
Large-scale seas cleaning
The Ocean Cleanup system, devised by Boyan Slat, consists of a large barrier built in the sea through which waste from the oceans and seas, mainly plastics, is collected. After a somewhat unsuccessful first test, the barrier system was reinforced and they have already begun to clear a large area of the Pacific, between Hawaii and California.
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