Introduction to Green Technology

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What is Green Technology?:

As the name implies green technology is one that has a "green" purpose. By green we do not mean the color, however, mother nature is quite green, and the long and short term impact an invention has on the environment is what we are talking about. Green inventions are environmentally friendly inventions that often involve: energy efficiency, recycling, safety and health concerns, renewable resources, and more.

Example of Green Technology:

One of the best known examples of green technology would be the solar cell. A solar cell directly converts the energy in light into electrical energy through the process of photovoltaics. Generating electricity from solar energy means less consumption of fossil fuels, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Another simple invention that can be considered green is the reusable water bottle. Drinking lots of water is healthy. Reducing plastic waste is great for the environment. Hence, trendy reusable water bottles that you can refill yourself are health-promoting, eco-friendly, and green.

Why Should Inventors Think Green:

The world has a fixed amount of natural resources, some of which are already depleted or ruined. For example: household batteries and electronics often contain dangerous chemicals that can pollute the groundwater after disposal, contaminating our soil and water with chemicals that cannot be removed from the drinking water supply and the food crops grown on contaminated soil.

The risks to human health are great.

Go Green - If Not For Love Then Profit:

Inventors should know that green inventions and clean technologies are good business. These are fast growing markets with growing profits.

Consumers should know that buying green inventions can reduce your energy bill and that green inventions are often safer and healthier products.

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