TSTC Emerging Technologies

The Top 10 Technologies

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 at 5:10 am

Live Science has posted a list of the top 10 environmental emerging technologies of present time. Among these technologies are explanations as to why they are included in the list. Below is an overview/sum-up of the 10 items.

 

10. Make Paper Obsolete

A new kind of paper – instantly reusable. It is called electronic paper and looks and feels like real paper when really it is made up of tiny electric charges on steel foil, creating an image according to an applied charge.

 

9. Bury the Bad Stuff

Scientists are suggesting separation of carbon dioxide from the other gases that enter the atmosphere and injecting it into the ground. Why CO2? Because it is the biggest gas contributing to global warming. But the long-term effects of injecting CO2 into the ground have yet to be determined.

 

8. Let Plants and Microbes Clean Up After Us

This process – using microbes and plants clean up contamination – is called Bioremediation. Scientists are trying to genetically modify plants to take up the contaminants; in most cases recently, bioremediation is used and is also practiced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up sites.

 

7. Plant Your Roof

Currently being tested at Penn State is the idea of garden roofs. Stated advantages of growing a garden as a roof include the reduction of carbon dioxide, absorption of storm water, summer heat reduction and thus less usage of air conditioning.

 

6. Harness Waves and Tides

Tide-powered turbines; wave energy conducted into electric power – New York City’s East River is currently the test site for such ambitions. It has six wave-powered turbines and is expected to produce enough power for more than 1,500 homes.

 

5. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Although it still cannot be used as a major mechanism for generating power, it is well on its way. OTEC is able to convert the temperature difference (thermal energy) contained in the oceans and turn it into electricity. The ocean masses of our Earth are the biggest absorbers of solar energy and many are working to use this to our advantage.

 

4. Sunny New Ideas

New initiatives are being taken in order to harness the sun’s energy for use of electricity or heat. Incentives are given by governments in order to aggressively pursue new technologies; the use of mirrors and parabolic dishes are among these new forms of solar technology.

 

3. The ‘H’ Power

The use of hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity is considered somewhat “clean” because it does not emit as much as fossil fuels does when generating power.  With the use of hydrogen, some companies are making small electronic devices such as laptops. Some car companies have stated that they want to produce hydrogen-fueled cars, but experts often scrutinize this.

 

2. Remove the Salt

Desalination is expensive and consumes a lot of energy, which is why with the threat of water shortages becoming more common around the world; scientists are looking foe cheaper, more efficient ways to convert salt water to drinkable water for the masses.

 

1. Make Oil From Just About Anything

A process called thermo-depolymerization can convert things like turkey guts, tires or any other carbon-based waste to oil. This process is similar to the natural process which takes place over millions of years but is successful with the combination of sufficient heat and pressure. A ton of turkey guts equals 600 pound of petroleum, some proponents of this process claim.

altE: Living The Renewable Energy Lifestyle

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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The slogan of this Web site is “Making renewable do-able.” Couple that with the bright, inviting colors, altE has an inviting tone not only for its goal of helping the environment but also for its visitors and customers.

At altE, there is a store, a university and an online community. The main focus across the three platforms is renewable energy and how to spread the word about those who have incorporated themselves into the renewable energy lifestyle.

The main sources of renewable energy are wind, solar, water and heat. On altE’s homepage products are for sale, including solar panels and wind systems, which cater to these sources and like to display the customer feedback on these products as well. But one does not have to be a customer of the altE store to share a story about living the renewable energy life.

The site also offers an online university that educates visitors about how to live the renewable energy lifestyle through installation and education. They offer online videos, how-to manuals (how to install solar panels into your home, for example) and classes in Ohio and Massachusetts. Renewable energy technology is making a huge difference in the lives of many countries, so education is essential. Because of this, altE caters to such needs of individuals seeking to learn about the technology and/or install it.

The altE community is where visitor stories come into play. Those who have been educated on the technology of renewable energy have the opportunity to share their success stories about the application of their education into their personal lives or work. There are forumsblogs, and a customer gallery. The blogs also help with spreading the word about renewable energy and the success many have found within it.

Many in the energy industry should enjoy altE’s Web site. Renewable energy efficiency is on the rise as many countries around the world are beginning to set their sights on making this a primary source of energy. If an individual is not in the technology industry by profession, but is interested in what renewable energy may have to offer for his or her life and lifestyle, then altE’s site would be a great place to begin this education.

EmTech Conference 2009

In Conferences & Conventions on June 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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The Emerging Technology Conference occurs annually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At this conference, critical technological innovations from across the spectrum are presented, and groundbreaking workshops display the most recent and advanced breakthroughs in industry, allowing attendees to experience these technologies before they have been unveiled elsewhere. In 2009, the conference will span three days, from September 22nd to the 24th. During this time, a series of keynote speakers will lead groundbreaking presentations and lectures over the most critical developments in industries like computing, communications, biotech, energy, and the Web.