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12 Exciting Innovations From 2012


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JL
- 732 days ago - sierraclub.typepad.com
2012 was a great year for innovators. From solar soccer to poop power, inventions, innovations, and ideas for changing the world sprouted like daisies. Here's a list of some green technology you might have missed:



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JL A. (276)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:48 pm
December 12, 2012
12 Exciting Innovations from 2012

Green Idea2012 was a great year for innovators. From solar soccer to poop power, inventions, innovations, and ideas for changing the world sprouted like daisies. Here's a list of some green technology you might have missed:

1. Recharge from a Distance: Wireless power can be transmitted under roads to electric cars, and rechargeable batteries can get a boost from anywhere in the house.

2. Solar Soccer Ball: The Soccket is a soccer ball that can generate and store energy when it's kicked.

3. Manure into Gold: Manure from cows can be "digested" to make heat, electricity, animal bedding, and fertilizer.

4. Solar Incubator: In poor countries without access to the grid, solar-powered incubators can save infants' lives.

5. Mud-Powered Fuel Cell: Aquatic mud is full of microbes, and a new fuel cell can tap their metabolism for electricity. This could power swimming robots.
6. Rotating Solar Panels: The SunSaluter can track the sun across the sky without using electricity, boosting its energy production.

7. Ocean Energy: Energy can be produced using the difference between shallow warm and deep cold water. Also: Natural home cooling from the depths of the sea.

8. Sony's Bio Battery: Enzymes from the bacteria that live in termites can be put into batteries that run on shredded paper.

9. Robotic Sailboat: A feel of fuel-less, autonomous sailing robots can study our oceans, tracking temperature, pollutants, and more.

10. Train Power: Trains are using new technologies, like installing mini-wind turbines into the rail tunnels, to capture extra energy from fast-moving vehicles.

11. Guts to Glory: The bacteria that help pandas and elephants digest cellulose could also make cellulosic ethanol more efficient.

12. Fitness Fuel: Ecofit exercise machines can be hooked together to produce electricity, with a user-friendly interface.

-Rachael Monosson is an editorial intern for Sierra and a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Earth Systems. She lives in San Mateo.

--Image by iStockphoto/AndreiRybachuk.
 

Margrit S. (1)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:54 am
I especially like the solar incubator and the fitness fuel!
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:58 am
You cannot currently send a star to Margrit because you have done so within the last week.
 

John B. (122)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:06 am
Thanks J.L. for posting the wonderful list. Maybe there is hope after all. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:13 am
You are welcome John. The main challenge may be ensuring the information about innovations reaches those addressing the issues in the field and/or making funding decisions. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Christeen Anderson (554)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 12:12 pm
Thank you for sharing this with us.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 2:04 pm
Interesting.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:13 pm
noted
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:27 pm
Thanks J.L. A. Great post.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:07 pm
You are welcome Mary and Christeen
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:39 pm
A+ many thanks and SHARED

EARTH HEAl
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 7:08 pm
AWesome!
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:46 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:00 am
Very interesting. I would really enjoy the fitness one too, since I have large professional exercise units. It would help motivate me to exercise each and every day. For longer sesiions, if I knew I could create energy for my home. Thanks J. L.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:19 pm
Noted
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:04 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Colleen because you have done so within the last week.
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 1:16 am
The fitness fuel is the way to go if you like, run the tread mill as much as you like, you will pay for it, your energy is lost for the benefit of power companies. Unless you have a special inverter to pick up your energy and convert it into power, it would be minimal, not worth the efford.
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:55 pm
Thanks for posting, interesting
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 8:36 pm
You are welcome Melania.
 
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