World is looking for alternative energy solutions as the conventional sources are drying up. Some organisations already involved in the research for so called Next Generation Renewable Energy Technologies.
Spherical Sun Power Generator
Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. This technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can also be used as an electric car charging station.
China’s Hydrogen Powered Tram
In an effort to reduce China’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers. Canadian company Ballard Power Systems and China’s Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co announced the signing of a Canadian Dollar 3M definitive agreement for the development of a fuel cell power module for trams.
Floating Solar Panels
French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions since 2011. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals and inland water bodies. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water.
Tree Shaped Wind Turbines
Wind-generated power has the potential to make a huge contribution to varying renewable energies around the globe, but the issue of where turbines are built can be a big issue for some communities, or even countries. When wind turbines can’t be built off-shore, some places feel constructing them on land ruins the scenery of the landscape, takes up too much space, or generates too much noise. Enter France’s NewWind, which has been developing tree-shaped turbines meant to run silently within cities, at ground level.
Dubbed the Wind Tree, NewWind’s turbines measure 11 meters tall and around 8 meters in diameter, and feature 72 artificial leaves. Each leaf is actually a small turbine that rotates while in a vertical position. Due to their light weight material, they can spin enough to generate power with as little as 2 meters/second of wind.
ELF: A Pedal – Powered, Solar – Electric Hybrid Tricycle
ELF, the most efficient vehicle on the planet, is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a bicycle, so it can be used on bike paths, parks and sidewalks and requires no gas, license, registration or insurance.
Electricity Generating Tyre
At the Geneva International Auto Show, tyre company Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire called the BH03. Goodyear’s new tire looks radical and could potentially generate electricity for electric cars by converting the friction heat of the tire on the road.