The world has witnessed different stages of industrial revolutions that have shaped not only the advancements of the present but also the innovations of the future. In the forms of intelligent machines, high-tech machinery and more, humans have continued to discover, explore and create.
However, there’s one factor in these advancements that have been continuously exploited and undervalued: energy and its unlimited but most of the time limited sources. As the world’s resources dwindle and become scarce from overharvesting, will there still be left for the generations to come?
Luckily, there are emerging sustainable and futuristic energy sources that are starting to be adopted by even the most highly industrialized nations in the world.
Solar Energy, for instance, is one of the most promising candidates as a top sustainable energy source. While the current scope of this type of energy is still in its early stages, small solar projects have begun to reach residential communities in the form of solar panels and solar water heaters. Another industrial country like Germany, for instance, rewards its citizens who opt for solar energy.
Nuclear Power is a popular topic among experts who touch on discussions in finding the ultimate energy sources of the future. At present, it covers 14% of the planet’s consumption. Despite its risks, its potential as a carbon-free power source places its role as an important energy provider for the generations to come.
Human power may sound straight out of a sci-fi movie, but researchers from around the world are currently testing on a technology that has the potential to produce energy from human movement. For instance, engineers in the UK have developed a knee brace that readily collects electrons while running, walking, or even bending the knees.