Technology at the service of Planet and People: 6 projects that help to regenerate our ecosystems for a better life
For many, innovation is the successful exploitation of ideas; the oft-repeated act of applying new technical changes to businesses to achieve greater profits, growth, sustainability and competitiveness. However, in the 21st century, innovation is essential to respond to the great challenges that humanity faces in meeting the needs of people, for their very survival.
Undoubtedly, innovation is the way and the guide to a future in which technology and society go hand in hand to preserve nature, the planet we inhabit and which many say, with some wisdom, that there is no copy.
In today's post, we bring you 6 innovative projects that contribute to trace the path towards a lifestyle more balanced with the environment and that could not exist without technological development.
TESLA GIGAFACTORY 1
The Tesla Gigafactory 1, located in Reno (Nevada), is a huge lithium battery factory. Up to this point one would think little of its involvement in sustainable development, but as one delves deeper into this 13 km long mass, the Tesla Gigafactory 1, located in Reno, Nevada, is a huge lithium battery factory.2but when we take a closer look at this 13 km2 mass, we get a glimpse of the true intentions of its creator, Elon Musk.
The Gigafactory enables the creation of work ecosystems between companies that collaborate to develop photovoltaic cells that increase efficiency and reduce the impact of lithium batteries, minimizing the transport of materials, reducing waste generation and eliminating the physical and temporal barriers to the development of innovations. When this happens, the price of batteries drops considerably, making it possible to develop cheaper products that reach a greater number of people, facilitating the transition to renewable energies, those that do not produce greenhouse gas emissions in their production. According to Musk's own estimates, 10 gigafactories worldwide would be enough to supply everyone on the planet with renewable energy.
SMOG FREE TOWER
Urban pollution and smoke seem to threaten to turn our cities into uninhabitable spaces. To prevent this, the Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde proposes to fight against this phenomenon through the construction of 7m high towers that function as air purifiers and allow to clean 30,000 m of polluted air.3 of air per hour. All the pollution eliminated is then compressed and transformed into a ring, the SMOG FREE RING, which is equivalent to 1,000 m3 of air per hour.3 of purified air.
MADE OF AIR
What would happen if we took low-value wood waste and transformed it into high-value thermoplastics in a process that removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than it releases during its production, creating a surplus of thermal energy and electricity that can be used to supply not only its own production but also that of other companies or even towns? That is the rationale behind this company that produces a new generation of carbon-negative plastics suitable for all kinds of uses.
TAO ZHU YIN YHUAN TOWER
Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, and also known as Agora Garden Tower, this tower is a design that seeks to represent the perfect fusion between landscape, climate and architecture through the development of a building that reduces its impact at all levels . The project responds to four main ecological objectives: the reduction of global warming; the protection of nature, biodiversity, the environment and quality of life; the management of natural resources and the correct management of waste.
To this end, the structure is adapted to light and air currents, with a double skin and a vertical garden that reduce the energy needs of the building, photovoltaic panels to supply the necessary energy to the facilities and a closed water and waste management. In addition, the building has a structure that can withstand earthquakes of grade 7 on the Richter scale without damage.
GARDENS BY THE BAY
Opened in June 2012, the Gardens by the Bay is one of Singapore's must-see attractions for nature lovers. Here you can find the Supertree Grove, gigantic steel structures covered by plants that collect rainwater and contain photovoltaic cells that allow them to accumulate enough energy to illuminate the park at night in a spectacle of light and sound.
Our way of life requires more and more energy to function. According to estimates by the International Energy Agency, demand is expected to increase by 25 to 30% by the year 2040. In order to meet this need while meeting the decarbonisation targets set for 2050, we need to find new technologies to achieve both goals. This is where the role of green hydrogen comes into play. Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element in nature and its use as clean energy only emits water vapor, so we are undoubtedly facing one of the fuels of the future.