With 2024 knocking on our doors, it’s finally time to look at what technology has in store for us next year. Without even having to guess, one of the major trends for 2024 is going to be sustainable technology.
Since we live in an age where environmental consciousness and technology intersect, it’s only logical to expect the rise of green technology. As a growing number of people are slowly starting to realize all the environmental issues, the need and demand for greener technologies is increasing fast.
This all means that 2024 is going to be about finding ways to marry sustainability and technology and find ways to create a more sustainable future.
What is sustainable technology?
Before we jump right into green technological innovations, we should first explain what is sustainable technology. Sustainable, green, or environmental technology is an umbrella term for many different products, processes, and methods created to minimize the negative environmental impact.
These technologies have an important role that includes promoting renewable energy solutions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing the reliance on harmful fossil fuels.
We already have numerous examples of green technology, but 2024 is going to be the year this type of technology takes center stage. Now let’s see which sustainable technology innovations will shape our future in 2024.
Carbon capture and storage tech
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the greatest environmental problems in the world. So, the technology for CCS is crucial. In 2024, we can expect novel solutions and technologies that will capture, transport, and store CO2 before it is released into the atmosphere. These technologies will prevent more greenhouse gases and in turn, they will put an end to climate change.
Many huge companies recognize the importance of these technologies and they are very much involved in their creation. So, the change has already started and big players are already investing money in the creation of technologies of this kind.
Harnessing the power of wind as a renewable energy source is nothing new, but in 2024 it will become an important topic. All the technological advancements are making us realize the full potential of wind as a renewable energy source.
A good example is wind turbine technology. With all the advancements in that field, in 2024 we can expect to harness the power of the wind on a significantly larger scale.
Offshore wind farms are something that we can look forward to next year. These farms are placed in bodies of water, usually seas. The wind there is much stronger and it can produce much more energy than on land. Plus, this sort of energy production will significantly reduce greenhouse gasses and the need for fossil fuels.
E-waste recycling tech
With the rise of technology, the waste of unused, broken, or discarded tech is growing. This waste is known as e-waste and it can be very harmful to our environment. Instead of letting the landfills grow, there is something we can do about this problem.
The e-waste can be easily recycled and repurposed. These discarded electronics contain materials and resources that can be used again.
That’s why in 2024 we can expect more solutions and methods that will help us recycle e-waste. We can look forward to automated processes that will disassemble and sort these electronic materials. So, people will no longer need to risk their safety doing this manually.
Ultrasonic cleaning tech
Advancements in ultrasonic technology have given us ultrasonic cleaning solutions. An efficient Ultrasonic cleaner can be used in various industries including manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, aerospace, and others. It uses different high-frequency sound waves to create tiny bubbles in the liquid and in that way remove the smallest impurities from different surfaces.
Even though this technology has been around for quite a while, the latest technological advancements continue to improve it and it’s rapidly becoming a number one cleaning solution in many industries.
We must mention that ultrasonic cleaning technology is energy efficient, doesn’t require harmful chemicals, and doesn’t create harmful outputs. This means that this is one of the most eco-friendly cleaning technologies out there.
Transportation is currently one of the biggest pollutants. This is because numerous cars still run on fossil fuels and emit CO2 gasses. However, we are slowly making the shift in the right direction.
Electric vehicles are one of the greatest innovations of sustainable technology. Instead of fossil fuels, green vehicles use electricity as their power source. This means no carbon emissions from this type of vehicle. In 2024, we are expecting to see more and more electric vehicles on the streets, as these cars are becoming more and more accessible thanks to advancements in battery technology.
Hydroponics and vertical farming
Two technologies are revolutionizing agriculture – hydroponics and vertical farming. Both these allow farmers to produce high-quality food in small and controlled environments.
Hydroponics is a technique that uses LED lights and water-based nutrient solutions to grow plants. Vertical farming is the process of growing plants and crops vertically, on top of each other, instead of horizontally like in fields.
Growing food this way offers sustainable ways of growing food in urban areas. This way of farming minimizes the need for transport. They already exist, but in 2024 their expansion is expected.
Sustainable technology is still in its early days. 2024 will be the year of overcoming challenges and finding ways to develop sustainable and ethical methods and practices. And we can expect improvements in all of these technologies.
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