Electric Vehicles & Public Electric TransportElectric vehicles are hardly breaking news. They’ve been around for quite a while, but it is their ongoing evolution that fascinates us the most. Modern car batteries are a great sustainable energy solution, especially now with prolonged lifespans. On the other hand, the advancement of self-driving technology and the growth of charging station infrastructures are an even better glimpse into the future of transportation. They enable more accurate, streamlined and increasingly safer electric vehicle ecosystems. Tesla, for example, already features a highly complex and reliable autopilot mode capable of taking its passengers to desired destinations with minimal human interference. Public electric transport has also been improving rapidly as electric vehicles become more and more accessible, so numerous municipalities around the globe are implementing electric vehicles and smart navigation systems. In the streets of China, there are 421,000 electric buses currently in use, making them one of the leaders when it comes to the adoption of sustainable technology, thus enticing other nations to follow suit. The main downside of implementing public electric transport is the seemingly high acquisition price of EVs, but this myopic challenge is mitigated when we take the long view and realize that the total cost of ownership (TCO) is actually lower as these vehicles are not fuel dependent. When we take into consideration that these eBuses eliminate local particulates like SOx, NOx, and CO2, the benefits are clearly multifaceted.
Accessible Solar PowerGreen tech solutions like solar-powered renewable energy continue to become more easily implemented, cheaper and thus more accessible. With the accessible solar power grid expanding across the globe, it is not only major cities in developed countries that are benefiting from solar power. Less developed countries with unelectrified populations are also increasingly adopting these renewable solutions, which enables underdeveloped municipalities to quickly and cheaply bring electricity to where it is needed the most. This type of environmental technology, coupled with innovative financing plans, allows for more accessible and affordable smart solutions like Solar Home Systems (SHS) to be available within the communities that are physically too far from a reliable grid connection. It is estimated that SHS helped power well over 150 million households, and with the average cost of solar PV panels dropping more than 70% over the last 7 years, it is clear that SHSs are here to stay.
Carbon Capture and StorageIt is simply not enough to focus merely on decarbonizing the industries that create cement and plastics. We must also invest in capturing the carbon that is being emitted during production, and do it safely. This is where a sustainable energy solution like carbon capture and storage (CCS) comes into play. CCS enables industries to:
- capture carbon at its source
- compress the captured carbon
- move the captured carbon to a suitable permanent storage site