How to reduce the energy consumption of greenhouses has been on top of the discussions for some time now. In the past two decades, the global use of greenhouses for food production has increased more than six times. Also, more than 9 million acres are used for greenhouses today. As presented by Oded Kariti, an independent researcher from San Diego, there is an analysis showing how smart greenhouses can capture solar energy and convert it into for electricity without reducing the growth of the plants.
Greenhouses are quite energy intensive, and for some time now, scientists have been trying to find a way to reduce their electricity costs. Solar panels have already been highlighted as a potential solution, but normal solar panels would simply stop the light that goes through and get to the plants – a pretty big blockage.
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Even though we are living in a digital age where technology innovations and trends are an inseparable part of people’s lives, still we all rely on paper and ink. In order to reduce this waste, with the help of advanced technology, scientists have created new, low-cost and Eco-sustainable type of paper, which requires no ink. Renewed scientist and electrical engineer Oded Kariti reminds that paper waste is currently one of the biggest environmental issues, and highlights the meaning of coming up with a solution for this global matter. Using UV light, which causes electrons from the titanium oxide to move to the dye in the nano-particle, will allow scientists to print this paper. Any writing or image can last for up to five days and can be erased by heating at 120-150˚C. This new, rewritable paper can be reused up to 20, 40 or even 80 times. Apart from environmental reasons, Oded Kariti asserts that this type of paper will be extremely useful for the increasing deforestation.
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Research and innovation are essential and highly important instruments used to promote our core values, and enable a better economic development. In his latest report on Technology Breakthrough Megatrends, Oded Kariti analyzed over 150 technologies on a global level, and developed a methodology to determine the ones most important for individual companies and entire sectors. The result of his analysis was later turned into a guide for “key technologies” that in the near future are expected to have great impact on businesses around the world. Artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, digitally augmented reality, robots, block-chain, virtual reality, drones, and 3D prints are some of those technologies.
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