Below is a list of different types of green technology that are starting to come to the surface in the green energy market. This list is in no particular order and present unique solutions to our energy problems. If anyone has seen the season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, then you’ll know the importance of renewable energy.

1. The utilization of poo-power

Although most people think poop is gross (and yeah, there is a point to that) it is a low-impact, low-cost sustainable energy source. Places like the U.K. are using poop from all animals (chickens, cows, pooches, and even humans) to power their homes, buildings, parks, or whatever else they fancy. For example, reports that human waste is going to be used to power their homes in a closed cycle system. Using anaerobic bacteria over a three week treatment course, waste is transformed into usable methane. This can be used to directly heat a home or used to generate electricity. Either way, everyone poops (or so that book says) and I would like to see more places use poop power, especially in public buildings, arenas, restaurants, and people’s homes.

2. Visualization of the amount of energy you are using in your home

This past month, my energy bill doubled from what it was in the previous month. I called my energy provider and unfortunately they couldn’t tell me anything more than “something in the apartment is using more electricity than it should”. I’m not about to bust out an ohm/am/voltmeter to figure out what’s causing the stir, but wouldn’t it be great if we could all actually see how much energy our home is using  in real time? If the smart grid is really smart it would give everyone a user interface, either through a screen in their domicile or using a provider’s website. Either way, it would make people conscious of how much energy their place is using. The more specific the better; data of each wall socket, averages against the community, or even how much energy was used on the same day the previous year would all be helpful to understand impact. As people become more aware of their energy consumption they will be in a better position to make energy conscious decisions as they look to reduce their ever more costly energy bills.

3. Dynamic Braking technology

Oh, Dynamic Braking. If someone told me many years ago that braking would be a catalyst for accelerating, I simply wouldn’t get it. But this video, really explains it well. The concept is that when some kind of locomotive uses their brakes, that energy can be transferred and stored to be used later. This technology exists in China with their high speed trains and can also be found in some hybrid vehicles today. But I want to see more of this technology because nothing should be wasted when the energy is a natural byproduct of an inevitable occurrence (vehicles in motion have a tendency to stop when we want to exit them). Beyond vehicles and trains, I want to see this technology in elevators, electric bicycles, or even electric wheelchairs for the handicapped so that their source of mobility is more sustainable.

4. Motion power

A relatively new (although they have used this technology in watches dating back some time) technology for everyday consumers is the idea of powering your electronics as you move. If you live in a city and walk or ride a bike everywhere you go, then this technology may be for you in the not too distant future. At CES, one of the highlighted products was the nPower Peg ( because it converts kinetic energy into power for your electronics. I would like to see this type of power in mobile gadgets so that no energy is wasted.

5. Increased battery life

Luckily, for this one, researchers are finding new and innovative ways to make all types of batteries (from lithium-ion improvements to magnesium based batteries []). This will make our gadgets and computers work for longer, give our EV cars more range, and make electronics that are usually plugged in, more portable. I would like to see more of our portable electronics and electric vehicles have the capabilities to be used for longer periods of time without needing a charge and the future looks bright for this.

6. More things wireless — more things rechargeable

I have a single thought for this one, but by all means comment below if you think of more electronics that should be wireless/rechargeable. I was getting my monthly haircut when I noticed that all the hair stylists and barbers were tripping over the cords from all of their tools of the trade. If they had all of their clippers, hairdryers, etc. wireless and rechargeable, not only would it look neater, but it would probably reduce the tripping of the circuit breaker and wasted vampire energy.

7. Kill vampire power!

Speaking of vampires, and I don’t mean those silly vampires from Twilight (because what kind of vampire has extra ridiculous powers that belong to X-Men), it really sucks that practically everything that we plug in, regardless of whether we use it or not, will use up electricity. I’ve read that as much as 10% of our energy bills can be attributed to vampire power. As a result, I would like to see new power outlets that can kill the socket when the electronic is not in use. One good example of the technology can be found at where some of their products kill the dreaded vampire power. If only we could just throw garlic, silver, and UV light or hire Blade to solve the problem.

8. Tidal power

Now here is a promising technology. I don’t know why people think wind farms are eye sores (at least that’s one of the argument against the Cape Wind Farm), so instead of erecting turbines on our coasts, why not invest in a sustainable source of energy that is hidden beneath in the ocean’s motions. Aquamarine Power ( produces the technology of putting an “Oyster” at the bottom of the sea and the motion of the tides generate electricity which can be brought into our grid. I don’t know exactly what the environmental impact on aquatic life would be with the introduction of this technology, but it is a good alternative energy source that can harness the energy of moving water on all of our coasts.

9. Solar powered gadgets (dyes, micro-organisms)

Solar power has become cheaper than using oil and is on the brink of becoming cheaper than nuclear power. But I am not talking about industrial power or those solar powered calculators which have actually been around for decades. I am talking more about everyday gadgets like our smartphones, mobile computers, and so on. Once solar cells become more flexible, lighter, and most important, more efficient, we will likely see more of our gadgets utilizing the power of the sun. It seems that every day there are technological improvements by researchers that increase the efficiency of photovoltaics; layering, the use of dyes, and even microorganisms have all been shown to increase the efficiency and sometimes lower the production cost of solar cells. I would love to see more gadgets that can power themselves on the go by simply being brought outside.

10. Faster  chargers

Although this may not necessarily be the greenest technology on the block, New York based company Ioxus ( has come up with a solution that uses lithium-ion ultra-capacitors to charge electronics at an enormously incredible rate. If this type of technology becomes introduced into the market, the sky is the limit for its uses. From charging your iPhone in a fraction of the time, to charging your EV at new government subsidized EV station without waiting around the lot for hours on end, this technology can serve purposes that make the “waiting” part for a charge to become irrelevant. I would like to see this technology more so that our fast moving society can become constant.

So here’s the list, feel free to drop a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to expand on any of these technologies on the list. Also, if you have another type of technology that you want to see more of, just say so.

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Scott Covit is a Blast correspondent

6 Responses



    I am very impressed with your list and the unique and creative ideas for becoming more aware of our energy use. I was particularly impressed with the concept for the visualization of energy use, an “eco-dometer” if you will (@Copyright!!!). A device that can not only measure the amount of energy being generated, but also exhibit the levels of energy that SHOULD be sustained in order to save the amount of energy expended would be a huge asset for “eco-friendly” living. When the fuel gage is low in our cars, we know that it’s time to fill it up! We have speedometers in our cars to assess and adjust our speed. Why not an “eco-dometer” to measure and asses the amount of energy used as to adjust accordingly.
    The concept reminds me of a scene from my favorite movie, Apollo 13. A problem arises when there isn’t enough energy to allow the ship to safely return to earth. NASA then has to try to simulate all the possible ways to use whatever energy they can to complete the mission of a safe return. They use a device that measures the amount of amps used when “powering up” a particular system. The object is to have all of the ships systems operating within the low amount of ampoules allotted. Once they figure out how to run of the systems using the least amount of energy possible, well, we all know how the movie ends.
    In conclusion, I believe that an “eco-dometer” is a great device that not only assists in saving energy, but helps us to understand how to use energy more efficiently. To be energy efficient, or “green and eco-friendly” is not just a simple act, but rather a lifestyle.


  2. LOL


    Wouldn’t it be funny if you were in a building powered by poop, and they had some sort of power outage. I can hear it now: an announcement over the speaker “EVERYONE MAN YOUR PORCELAIN THRONES, WE NEED MORE POOOP!!” as men in white pass out ex-lax to all building inhabitants…a silly thought, but in all seriousness…poo-power, as well as the other solutions you propose on this list, are a great idea. 🙂

  3. fireofenergy

    Robotically mass produced solar panels and
    Closed cycle nuclear are the ONLY two that can power billions of people (even if they all conserved more). If all that other fluff is used instead, not only will we have to rely on poopoo, energy costs will skyrocket!

    • Scott Covit

      Well I think that may not necessarily be true… wind farms, geothermal, solar-thermal, and even hydrogen are all renewable energy sources that are capable of supplying energy on a large scale. Some of the alternate energy sources on the list (poo power, tidal power, etc) should be used in areas where it is convenient and easy to set up. For example, do you expect that places in Alaska that only get a few hours of sunlight in the winter will be capable of setting up a large solar farm? Probably not. Same goes for cities where it may be inconvenient to have wind power or solar power. As a result, these solutions should be used in buildings and other places where access to mainstream renewable energy is limited in one way or another. Just as coastal areas should use the ocean for power because it is close, homes from anywhere can have the capability to produce methane for power (poo power) because it is equally convenient. Powering for billions would create waste because the electricity would have to travel distances and would lose efficiency the farther it has to travel. Therefore, we shouldn’t necessarily be looking to power for billions of people using a single method, but rather, power areas using several and different types of renewable methods that would use the land it is built on for its advantage (use wind farm in windy areas, solar in sunny areas, tidal on coasts, etc.). Just a thought.


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