Growing concerned for our changing planet? These Aussie inventions are utilising nature’s resources to power our homes and clean our oceans, but these renewables have a tech-edge.
See below for our top 5 picks of Australian inventions making waves in ocean energy, or emission-free tyre recycling.
#1. Waves of energy
You’ve obviously heard of solar and wind energy, but the ocean can also be a powerful energy source. Carnegie Clean Energy has invented an underwater unit that harnesses the massive amounts of energy produced by ocean waves to produce electricity and desalinated water. Visit: www.carnegiece.com/wave
#2. From tyres to fuel
Discarded tyres are a common sight in bushland and riverbanks, creating a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Green Distillation Technologies has found a way to convert tyres into carbon, oil and steel – without producing harmful emissions. Visit: gdtc6.com
#3. Floating rubbish bin
It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans! Developed by two eco-savvy surfers, Seabin is a floating device that can collect up to 1.5 kilograms of trash, oil and detergents from waterways each day. Visit: seabinproject.com
#4. Heat-bouncing paint
To reduce the need for energy-sucking air conditioners in summer, SkyCool have invented a paint that deflects heat from the sun. The paint is applied to the roof to reflect heat before it enters the building. Visit: skycool.net.au
#5. Sun-catching tiles
With more people switching to solar energy, there’s a push to make the technology even more efficient. Tractile have created solar roof tiles that are the only tiles in the world that can provide a home with electricity and heated water. Visit: tractile.com.au
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.