When it comes to reducing energy consumption and pollution, many people think that developing nations are being left behind. However, developing countries are getting a some much needed assistance thanks to new technology.
One such innovation, Pollinate Energy, is providing solar energy to communities in India. These solar lanterns are being used in urban slums in India to replace expensive and dangerous Kerosene lamps. Not only does this provide reliable electricity in this developing nation, but it also reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses being emitted into the atmosphere.
The Eliodomestico Solar Still is an innovation that focuses more on providing clean water to developing countries. This terracotta water filtration system can filter sea water into drinkable fresh water using the energy of the sun. This relatively simple device may help provide clean drinking water in many countries where this resource is a scarcity.
The Solar Leaf imitates the process of photosynthesis to convert water and sunlight into energy. This device, which is made of a thin silicon solar cell, separates the hydrogen and oxygen in water to create energy. This device can produce up to 100 watts of energy 24 hours a day from a single liter of water. The Solar Leaf is much cheaper than traditional solar technology, making it ideal for developing countries.
New technology has also made it possible to not only harvest the energy from visible light, but also the energy from infrared light. New infrared solar panel are transparent, making them easy to apply to almost any surface, including windows. While this technology is still in the development phase, it has the potential to drastically increase energy efficiency in developing countries.
Finally, Uncharted Play has created a soccer ball, called the SOCCKET, that turns kinetic energy into electricity. This ball can be used at play to gather and store energy, which can be used later to power LED lights. This company has also created the PULSE jump rope, which operates in a similar manner. This technology is already being used in developing countries to provide clean, reliable energy.
While many seem to underestimate the potential for developing countries to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, new technology is giving many countries a leg up. Innovations such as Pollinate Energy, the Eliodomestico Soalr Still, the Solar Leaf, infrared solar panels, and the SOCCKET are quickly bringing developing countries into the future of green energy.