Amazing Aussie inventions that are saving the planet

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

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.

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