Technology is always pushing boundaries and becoming more advanced and wondrous. At the same time, environmental concerns over the last 20 years means that there is a greater focus than ever before on technology being energy efficient, and sometimes carbon neutral. Environmental debate is something that has been present in the news for several years now. One of the biggest arguments we frequently hear is that you cannot continue to push the boundaries and enjoy great technology without having a downfall, which in this case is the environment, with climate change usually used as the prime example.
However, advanced technology and sustainability can be bedfellows. How is this possible and what are some of the most notable products available?
One of the biggest sectors of the overall technology industry is the green area. The levels of investment into research and development here are colossal. There is a real focus on developing better technology to harness nature and other products, whether that be sunlight, wind, tides, or vegetable oil, and using them to create alternative energy.
There is also a focus on the economy of various products and consumables that we use in the world every day. Often, simply making something 1% more efficient can have a massive impact on both power output and the energy used in a positive manner.
What are the main products where we see this effect?
Cars and buses, in particular, are recognized as being more advanced than ever before, while the aerospace industry is constantly working to develop new and improved aeroplanes and helicopters, both for defence purposes as well as consumer use.
Green technology underpins most of these initiatives. Hybrid cars, 100% electric cars, solar powered cars, and electric buses have become commonplace in recent years, while many take the DIY approach to saving the environment and money by using refined vegetable oil in their own vehicles.
The technology in all transport will continue to get better in future, and vehicles overall will still get greener.
While smartphones have their critics when it comes to things like poor battery life, it cannot be denied that they are among the most impressive products available today. They’re another example of products getting greener, too.
Although the development of devices that gain charge simply from being in the sun get the most headlines, chargers that use solar energy, or that use electricity but automatically cut off once a battery is full, are also widely available. There are also many apps that help make a smartphone more efficient without diminishing performance, meaning savvy users can save themselves energy, money, and the stress of always having to put their phone on charge.
Energy and Technology
Modern technology is reliant on being eco-friendly in order to be successful. No company today is going to be successful selling a product that puts energy bills through the roof and increases everyone’s carbon footprint. At the same time, as consumers become ever more aware of the importance of conservation, businesses should recognize that they’re looking for the small differences, not just in technology advancements but in sustainable credentials, too.