Popular Science Covers Green Technology

In the Popular Science magazine of July 2008, we were pleasantly surprised to see it cover breakthroughs in green technology, which spells good news for our electric vehicles, EVs and hybrids.

The gist, a slew of inventions and breakthroughs with a few ideas to save the planet.

How about; super furry leaves to reflect back extra sunlight to cool off the globe?

Or, the Japanese to launch a giant solar panel 22,000 miles up to catch sun rays with little to no interference and beam it back to the surface as microwaves.  Great idea but watch out if the beam moves away from its center, it would fry anything in its path.

And what if, putting our carbon dioxide 6 miles below the oceans to store them?  We raised our eyebrows but after reading it, it has some merits.  However, the solution is only one part of the equation as we need to curb down on the making of CO2.

What about, taking in the energy of body heat and funnel it into heating water pipes?  A body at rest produces 60 watts and rushing to take a train in a station 100 watts.  What a perfect place to recoup that wasted energy.  Elizabeth Redmond, you have fellow scientists working on similar projects.

Converting a mower to sunlight? Guy Marsden has a DIY kit for $1,500.  It’s a little steep but it will make an impression in the neighborhood.

In the tricky-if-not-well-used-department, harnessing tornadoes with generators for electricity.  If you can predict where tornadoes hit, great but if we are creating tornadoes, I hope we have full-proof contingency plans when they run haywire.

Finally, buses powered by sewage.  Lately EcoGeek has reported on ways of to harness chicken feces.  Other stories talk about using pig urine for plastics instead of oil.

There was a great presentation of what a future, almost self-sufficient city would look like.  It uses electric vehicles that fold together as they recharge and can be used anywhere, anytime, sounds familiar?   There will be driver-less buses, similar to what we have on rail in some big airports as well as permanent mag-lev trains.  Algae will be used  with sea shells as filtering systems, produce hydrogen and more.  Desalination of the ocean would provide water as well as very ingenious ways of trapping rainfall on building walls, either storing it as heat and cooling or filling reservoirs.  It’s always inspiring to read about possible application of breakthroughs.  It gives more room to stretch instead of having been confined to limited offerings.

My, all those natural products to help our energy demand needs!