Part of being involved in the global power industry is keeping up-to-date on new technologies. Just in the past few years, the energy sector has had some substantial, new ideas worth noting, some of which may make a significant impact in the power we use and on the economic aspects of such.
Some proposed technologies pertaining to the energy sector that could impact global power industry jobs include:
Quicker Lithium Extraction (24 hours versus 24 months)
Currently, extraction of lithium is a slow process that is as wasteful as it is expensive. Not surprisingly, the prices for lithium batteries have been on the rise.
To help combat the issues associated with lithium, International Battery Metals, Ltd discovered a better, more efficient way to extract lithium that could also potentially help with the heavy demand for lithium batteries.
With the lithium battery demand forecasted to grow to $120 billion by 2019, Canadian-based International Battery Metals
(IBAT) is making a slick move as they hope to provide the most affordable lithium batteries in the near future.
Paintable Solar Panels
Would if I told you that silicon solar panels could potentially be replaced soon? It just might happen as perovskite solar panels have been discovered by Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) that could make a hefty change in the solar industry for the better.
While Vivint has yet to make further announcements regarding an official beta test of their special perovskite solar panels, we can for now dream of sprayable, easily-manufactured solar panels that can be placed on just about any surface.
Just imagine the potentials for Vivint Solar, Inc.’s innovative solar technology. Surely, this could also mean solar panels would be more attractive, less bulky, and thus, could encourage more homeowners and businesses to make the move to solar, creating a greener environment around the world.
Oil Production Minus the Greenhouse Gases
Let’s face it, the demand for oil is only getting higher. While harmful for the environment, there is a drastic need for fossil fuels around the world. If we can’t replace that immediate need, we can, however, seek ways to eliminate the pollution apart of such sources of energy, which leads us into this next idea.
To eliminate the greenhouse gases associated with oil production, Petroteq Energy, Inc. (PQEFF) discovered and patented a type of oil sands extraction that has no wastes as a byproduct nor requirement for high temperature liquids. Best of all, it is inexpensive.
Petroteq has already revealed their Asphalt Ridge extraction plant located in Uintah Basin, Utah and has the goal to produce 1,000 barrels of oil by the end of 2018 and double the amount by the end of 2019.
Bacteria Farts for Fuel
While we already have a plethora of clean energy
options out there, more sources of clean, renewable, and/or energy-efficient alternatives are being discovered. One such alternative can be provided by methanogens, bacteria that produce methane gas.
The idea behind methanogens in the energy sector is that they can create methane as a byproduct of consuming electrons from hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide from the air, and thus, have their methane gas used to power vehicles.
The concept of microbe farts for power isn’t newly introduced, but clearly the idea hasn’t made much progress over the past decade. However, methanogen power is an idea coming back into the picture. The question is, can this type of power make a significant impact in combating global warming (as methanogens consume carbon dioxide)?
As scientists seek to improve and make this source of energy more readily-available, keep your eyes peeled in the meantime for the latest methanogen power research
Other future technologies are being geared around some of the following power industry goals:
- More readily-available renewable sources of energy
- Reduction of emissions in all forms of unclean energy
- Increased global access to cleaning cooking technologies and fuels
- Increased electricity access worldwide (especially in Africa)
- Cleaner diesel