With Earth Day coming up tomorrow (April 22nd), it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how far green technology has come, and to consider where it’s going.
After barely making progress for decades, we’ve finally seen a surge in innovation in green energy technology over the past five years. This progress has been driven by technology revolutions in other industries, like IT and biotech, as well as people’s growing interest in cleaner and cheaper energy.
It’s great to see we’re making progress with innovative energy and environmental products, but we’re still a long way from creating practical technologies that will provide a low-carbon economy and a more sustainable lifestyle for the average person.
Martin LaMonica at CNET has put together a list of areas where he expects technologies to have the biggest impact. The list includes utility-scale solar, energy storage, and carbon capture/storage. Check out Martin’s article at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10222781-54.html?tag=nl.e703
According to Marin, if solar was the favorite technology of venture capitalists in 2007, it’s now energy storage. Despite the number of technologies that store electrical energy, they just can’t seem to be too cheap, light, or environmentally friendly. This is a major impediment to the development of electric vehicles – the cost of the battery is what’s making the cars so expensive. Finding more efficient ways to store wind and solar power to use as reliable power would go a long way towards making power-hungry electronic gadgets (like electric cars) last all day and cost less.
In what areas do you hope green technology will have the biggest impact in the next few years??