@fdos: Good point mate. I think we do need to invest more on nature. By doing that in return we will benefit a lot out of it. Solar is one of them and there are many more which we still might not have even identified
Definitely storage of all of this energy is the next frontier, AnandY. There are some small scale and localized ways to do it with some of these devices, but large-scale is still yet to be tackled. But experts are working on it.
@Debera: Well investing on solar panels is good because its something which we can use for the future. Power is something which is very costly so going ahead and investing on something like this is vital
Andy yes solar panels are not that costly what is coostly is the batteries of the panel plus the maintanance . If we say that solar panels is not a huge investment it wont be correct because investing in batteries or maintanace is also the same thing only
@ Daniyal_Ali, I completely agree with you. We have harnessed multiple sources of energy but we are yet to deal with storage in a befitting manner. Energy storage is the main reason behind high cost of many systems. If we take solar for example, bulk of investment is still needed for batteries. Solar panels on the other hand are not that costly.
@ Elizabeth M, you are right there is a lot of research and information available on it. But that often is the problem that a lot of information confuses the reader and expert opinion is the ultimate credible source of information. It is good to know the expert opinion about energy harvesting and his predictions about the development of this technology.
Debera, your comment is interesting to me. When you say "England," do you mean in London? I actually have written about floor-tile technology that was used during the Olympics in London, and wondered if this is what you were referencing or if there is other energy-harvesting technology being used on footpaths.
Here is a story I wrote for your reference: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=262295
I am just curious if there is another company or some other technology being used of which I am not aware. Thanks!
I have read somewhere that in some club of America tha dance floor has the mechanism of harvesting energy as the people places preasure on the floor while dancing . We can say that this technology is on its boom and definitely in future it will be very usefull.
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