It’s 2017, and it’s time to be real - we should probably start doing something about the state of the environment for the sake of our planet. Thankfully, science and technology are moving pretty fast, and it seems that we are set to get new advances which will hopefully help us improve things before it gets too late!
The future of energy is, of course, with renewable resources, but it seems that 2017 is going to be the year we phase out silicon solar cells in exchange for Perovskite solar cells which are better in several ways. For example, they are easier to make but also more efficient. Another bonus is that they can be used virtually anywhere. These will make reusable energy via solar panels much more accessible and beneficial.
There is also the technology being developed to create artificial, bionic leaves which complete the same process as photosynthesis but with ten times efficiency. This will make capturing solar energy, as well as storing it easier, especially in locations that are not close to electrical grids.
The next stage in renewable energy, is, of course, the usage. In 2017, batteries will be developed that are cleaner and more reliable and can offer energy for villages around the clock, working to meet demand with supply.
It seems that 2017 is going to be a year in which biofuel becomes more powerful to produce, through a class of enzymes which can speed up the process, reduce the need to use fossil fuels and even lower greenhouse gas emissions.
There is even said to be a new strategy for storing CO2 underground which turns around 95 percent of the gas into rock which can help to reduce climate change impact. This does have to be done with caution as it uses a lot of energy and water and it’s important that the benefits outweigh the cost.
It’s hard to deny that our way of eating animals is not sustainable. It seems that there will be further advancements in the growing of synthetic products, such as meat, and dairy in the next year allowing the taste of animal products to be experienced without the environmental strain.
While some of this may seem like it would make more sense in a dystopian Hollywood blockbuster, it’s not that far off at all, and if we all stay open-minded and ready for change, we could make a real difference.