If you think renewable energy is all about solar and wind power, then you are very wrong. As far as scientists are concerned, everything is fair game in the search for new power sources to keep the world’s power on. Here are some of the weird green technologies for the future:
Jellyfish: A luminous protein GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein), present in most jellyfish, is being used to develop solar energy technology that can lead to lower cost photovoltaic cells. Furthermore, scientists are studying the movements of jellyfish, as they believe that the movements and methods of momentum could help understand energy generation.
Body Heat: No one likes to stand inches away from another person in a lift, a packed train station or the dreaded home affairs offices. However, in Sweden this is considered a precious source of energy. The Stockholm Central Station plans to use heat captured from visitors in the ventilation systems to power office buildings, shops and even a small hotel in the area.
Exploding Lakes: An exploding lake contains massive reserves of methane and carbon dioxide, trapped by the water’s different densities and temperatures. If these temperatures change, the gasses fizz to the top – like when you shake a fizzy soft drink. Potentially dangerous exploding lakes can be harnessed by extracting these gasses and transformed into energy. Currently, there are three known instances of these exploding lakes in the world, all located in Africa.
Chocolate: What do bacteria and the average human being have in common? They both love chocolate. Researchers have concluded that by feeding waste from chocolate production to bacteria, hydrogen is produced. Currently researches have managed to use the chocolate wastage to power a small fan, however, in the near future, it could be powering your motor vehicle.
Kinetic Energy: Scientists, speaking at smart energy conferences around the world, have been able to successfully demonstrate how we can harness the power we generate from our movements to directly power another source of energy or for battery storage. A city in The Netherlands – Rotterdam – has created a dance floor that converts your energy expended when dancing to power the lights in the club.
From jellyfish and chocolates to showing off your moves on a dance floor, scientists have been able to create new and sustainable ways to generate energy. The future of green energy has never been so bright.