There were a host of greener inventions in 2009 and they include everything from tooth brushes to a planetary nervous system.
The term “eco-inventions” is composed of “eco” the short form of ecology, defined as the branch of biology concerned with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. The word “invention” is defined as the creation of a new device or process, resulting from study and experimentation.
In the simplist terms, eco-inventions can claim one or more of the following: They save materials, they reduce energy, they increase efficiency, and they promote recycling or repurposing.
Some of the best inventions of 2009 involve monitoring technology. NASA and Cisco have teamed up to develop the “Planetary Skin,” it will integrate land, sea, air and space-based sensors, helping the public and private sectors make decisions to prevent and adapt to climate change. The pilot project will track geographically specific carbon levels held by rain forests. A prototype will be released in 2010.
Researchers from Princeton University have developed a method of measuring the Personal Carbon Footprint. Their efforts stress individual carbon emissions rather than national levels.
Some of the more widely available green inventions include portable solar or wind powered rechargers for personal electronics like mobile phones and mp3 players. Although not a new technology, support.com‘s free “Green Computer” service helps people save energy and money. This service makes your computer more energy efficient and can save up to $75 dollars per year, equivalent to 400 to 1200 pounds of CO2 emissions. Seemingly small efforts add up, if one hundred thousand people used support.com’s Green Computer service the carbon savings would be equivalent to planting 1000 acres of trees.
Recently Time magazine published its list of the 50 Best Inventions of 2009 and green innovations figured prominently in their list. As the year draws to a close, The Green Market will post a summary of 25 of the best eco-inventions of 2009. These inventions will be presented under the following 6 headings:
From large scale projects to small scale creations, green inventions and energy innovation are the way of the future.
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