We are all dependent on energy. In untold ways, we rely on energy to communicate, to get around, to feed ourselves, to produce potable water. We make such extensive use of energy that those of us in the developed world often take it for granted until we experience a sudden drop in power supply or energy costs begin to increase.
But technology is making ample, accessible, and sustainable energy for all people a reality.
“1.4 billion people do not have access to electricity.”
— United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Take a look at these 4 exponential solutions from the SU community that are pioneering the renewable energy revolution sweeping the world and building a clean energy future for us all.
SALt innovated an easy to use, sustainable, and cost effective lamp activated by ocean-water. Ambient air passes through the ecologically designed system and reacts with the metal and saltwater to produce electricity to power LED lights for up to 8 hours at a time.
Wind Turbines 🌬
Semtive designed a low cost wind turbine made from recyclable materials that works with even low speed winds. The turbines also integrate solar panels to generate clean energy. Their lightweight system reduces grid consumption and can be used as a backup system against possible power outages.
Solar Platforms ☀️
HST Solar is an end-to-end solar platform that uses proprietary algorithms to optimize design and engineering for large scale solar projects. Their platform already has projects adding up to over 1 GW and they recently won the SU Global Grand Challenge Award for Energy.
Electric Motors ⚡️
Keppe Motor is a highly advanced and energy efficient electric motor technology that works on the principle of resonance. It uses up to 90% less energy compared to other single-phase induction motors, which are found in many of today’s modern appliances, and is small enough to be used in a variety of ways.
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