17 Feb Green Technology Trends
The speed of human progress seems to be accelerating. The inevitable growth in society has led to an increased demand for things such as fossil fuels, single-use plastic and even meat consumption. These practices have placed significant strain on our planet over the last few decades, and the greenhouse effect has been amplified.
While the rapid rate of climate change is caused by humans, humans are also the ones with the power to combat it. Green innovations are created with the intention of combatting the effects of harmful human activity on the environment. From simple practices such as installing energy-efficient lighting or implementing the use of flushless toilets in your home, there are many ways to incorporate green technology into your daily life. 2020 has brought with it so many new innovations and we’ve compiled a list of the top three green technological trends to look out for this year:
All-Cloud Environment │ Cloud Computing
An all-cloud environment is a term used to describe a company, organisation or individual that uses web-based applications and chooses to run a paperless environment. Cloud-based software reduces energy consumption, waste and carbon emissions.
Technological advancements have made it possible for a single physical server to run multiple operating system copies simultaneously. With this, cloud computing reduces the physical server’s carbon footprint. As fewer pieces of equipment need to be powered, we consume less electricity. Several cloud computing providers have replaced fuel with green energy to power up their servers. Numerous cloud hosting providers now leverage hydro, wind, or solar energy as a component in their energy requirements.
The general rule of pricing in cloud services are “pay-as-you-go”, urging users to utilise only what they need and nothing more. Users can now control how much resources they need and switch on and off as they go. This is great for reducing costs while benefiting the environment from proper resource utilisation. As more companies and customers demand energy efficiency, this could be your way of going green.
Smart Farming is a farming management concept that uses modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products. Farmers in the 21st century have access to GPS, soil scanning, data management, and smart device technologies.
Agricultural AI bots are harvesting crops at a higher volume and faster pace than human laborers, more accurately identifying and eliminating weeds and reducing cost and risk. However, this advancement may lead to a smaller human workforce, which is already an issue in South Africa with its high unemployment rate. But we cannot argue with the increased efficiency and hopefully reduced food costs.
Renewable power storage
Energy storage plays an important role in balancing power supply and demand. It also aims to alleviate the intermittency issues of renewable energy due to erratic weather conditions. When we think of the future, we tend to worry about the state of our planet. The mobility industry has people thinking of ways to make riding a certain vehicle safer, sustainable and good for the environment.
Organic Transit invented this amazing pedal hybrid vehicle powered by mechanical energy (an actual human who pedals) and the sun. No carbon emissions and complete independence from fossil fuels. You can switch between real-time pedaling or using the stored mechanical & solar energy when you’re in need of a relaxing drive.
Green technological advancements play a crucial role in the next decade as climate change effects worsen and energy independence becomes vital. In a perfect world, green technology will result in a future that eliminates fossil fuel power plants, period. Hopefully, the ever-growing advancements made in today’s technology inspire you to come up with your own green innovations.