Tech­nolo­gies for sus­tain­able fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POST GRADUATE -

MUCH of the Earth’s nat­u­ral re­sources are rapidly de­plet­ing at the hands of hu­mans. Soon, we will be with­out many of the re­sources on which we rely heav­ily to­day.

To counter this, sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers across the globe have been de­vel­op­ing tech­nolo­gies to make use of non- ex­haustible re­sources and turn them into en­ergy.

Here are some of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies that are or will be avail­able for use in the near fu­ture.

The Ford C- Max So­lar En­ergi Con­cept car is an elec­tric car that runs on elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated by so­lar pan­els.

Its roof is mounted with a so­lar panel ar­ray that col­lects en­ergy from the sun that pow­ers the car’s 7.6kWh lithium- ion bat­tery pack.

Ford claims that on a full charge, the C- Max So­lar En­ergi can travel 34km on elec­tric­ity alone.

The so­lar pan­els on the car are equipped with so­lar con­cen­tra­tor and sun- track­ing tech­nol­ogy, which al­lows the pan­els to ab­sorb more en­ergy.

Like ev­ery other elec­tric car, the C- Max So­lar En­ergi can be charged at elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions.

If the car runs out of elec­tric­ity, the so­lar pan­els will come in handy as driv­ers can leave the car to charge un­der the sun­light while they go dine or watch a movie.

Once home, the car is de­signed to be parked un­der spe­cially de­signed “con­cen­tra­tors” that act like a mag­ni­fy­ing glass, con­cen­trat­ing sun­light onto the so­lar pan­els to speed up the charg­ing process.

The car is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and, of course, re­duce the con­sump­tion of de­plet­ing fos­sil fu­els. The Ford C- Max So­lar En­ergi is an­tic­i­pated to be on sale within the next two years.

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