How Technology can Save The Environment

Our planet is dying. As cities develop and grow into the powerhouses they are today, humans have been consuming resources at a rate far too quick to be sustainable for much longer. There is an urgent need to bring in eco-friendly methods to let humanity happily coexist with the nature around us. With technology, humans have been able to innovate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Here are some ways technology can save the environment.

1. Solar Glass

Solar Glass

Imagine if every single window in a skyscraper could generate energy. Sounds impossible? Think again. Solar glass is an emerging technology with major buzz, understandably. It may seem like glass, but it can capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. The main setback in this innovation is its efficiency. As we still want it to work as regular glass, the material must be able to convert some energy into electricity, while also letting some light shine through the window. However Ubiquitous, a San Francisco-based start-up, claimed a world record for efficiency of a prototype organic solar cell with a 9.8 percent power conversion efficiency and now they hope to scale up their technology to a mass production level. By depositing organic layers directly on glass using standard glass coating equipment, Ubiquitous Energy claims that the transparent solar coating selectively absorbs and converts ultraviolet and near-infrared light to electricity while letting visible light through. This holds great promise for the mass consumption of the product in the near future.

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