3 Emerging Green Technologies for 2020

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Over recent years we have seen an incredible rise in green technology and it’s not planning to stop or slow down any time soon. While 2019 saw an increase in smart appliances, zero energy building designs and energy efficiency technologies, 2020 is all about putting some of these solutions into action and witnessing them flourish into something greater. While the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to our everyday lives, sustainability remains the future of technology and business, and some of the brightest and most creative innovations of the 2020s are yet to come. 

It’s time to combine technology with sustainability and protect the planet, while mastering machine based processes. Ranging from cool pavements, fuel car batteries, marine solar and plenty more. In this article we’ve compiled a list of the top three emerging green technologies for 2020, and ones in which you should follow quite closely to witness the success. 

1.Autonomous Greenhouses

While science is imperative in our fight for better green technology and sustainability, artificial intelligence is more popular, and it simply rules more. This type of technology is quickly making it’s way through the agricultural sector, where we can see self sufficient green houses that use incredibly smart AI technology. This plays a huge role in the agricultural sector, as it can independently sustain vertical farming systems. Just like Google, it’s algorithm is designed to give users the best experience – and the same applies to AI algorithms. They compliment human reasoning and with the right testing and specifications, they’ll know what kind of plants need the right amount of sunlight exposure, how much fertiliser they need and other questions which will contribute towards the success of the greenhouse. 

Artificial intelligent agriculture is a serious contender for conventional, traditional methods – and Microsoft even have data to prove this statement. They created the Sonoma project in order to test the effectiveness of remote controlled greenhouses and how well they can raise crops. Using pattern recognition technology to identify crop irregularities, and then harvesting ripe vegetables, data showed it had a 17% higher yield than human growers. 

Intelligent systems like this remain a significant component of digital farming and the success of it. We hope this green technology trend sees a breakthrough in how industrial farms operate and therefore become more sustainable and easier on the environment. 

2.Static Compensators

Static compensators have not received as much attention or recognition as they deserve, at least not yet anyway. Energy grids are relying on renewables, and this requires static compensators to establish a frequency response mechanism. Static compensators help a great deal with sustaining a consistent voltage across the network, and in return prevents power losses. While compensators aren’t as exciting as artificial intelligence technology solutions, they facilitate efficient grids that receive electricity flow even when it’s connected to variable sources.

We know that many businesses are reluctant to switch to green power because it’s known for it’s instability, but 2020 is the year for manufacturers to wake up to the true potential of this market and the various benefits it holds, not just for a business, but for the planet too. Is it time for you and your business to join the clean energy movement?

3.DER Technologies

DER refers to distributed energy resources. DER is a faster, low cost option to the construction of very large power plants and high voltage transmission lines. Distributed energy resources are small scale electricity facilities situated close to the end users. This could be solar PV, energy storage batteries, microgrids and more. DER and green electricity often go hand in hand thanks to their awesome energy saving qualities. You can independently power your home sing wind turbines or solar panels. We’re hoping DER technologies will become more popular this year and therefore promote users to turn to renewables and going green.

The world of green technology is ever growing which is what makes it more exciting. With clever innovations backed by science and research, it’s up to us to ensure we live in an eco-friendly, sustainable future. You can contribute to this by simply making small steps to your every day routine! Don’t use single use plastic, always try to use re-usables, shop locally, use less water and energy wherever you can. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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