2011 was an important year for green innovations and technological advances.
In the world of fuels, a number of strides were made. President Obama announced increased fuel standards for both big and small vehicles in the coming years.
Alternative fuels also made headlines. The use of biofuel for aviation is becoming a reality, after the U.S. military announced it would begin using it, and a joint U.S.-Chinese venture tested biofuel in civilian aircraft.
Solar technology also grew in 2011. Researchers at Notre Dame have invented a house paint that could one day be used to collect solar energy. Elsewhere in the midwest, scientists at the University of Michigan invented an “optical battery” that might eventually eliminate the need for semi-conductors in solar cells.
For more of 2011’s best green technology innovations, vist EarthTechling for their “2011 Green Technology Year In Review.”
Light Bulb Advances
Despite some legislative setbacks, the U.S. is poised to begin phasing out old-style incandescent light bulbs. More efficient incandescents, CFL and LED bulbs are set to replace older bulbs beginning in 2012.
Light bulb innovations are also helping drive job growth and manufacturing in the U.S. Referring to light bulb “engineering, production and installation” in Ohio, HuffPost blogger Rocky Kistner wrote, “there are other jobs being created as more and more efficient lighting products hit the market. More and more manufacturers are switching to new money saving technologies. And that means more jobs for installers too.”
A new light bulb known as the Plumen, which won the Brit Insurance Design of the year 2011 award, combines both efficiency and design.
Source: HuffPost Green