Wildly Creative Inventions From Highly Inventive Electricians
The world-renowned American inventor Thomas Edison brought his country’s name into the world with the invention of the first reliable light bulb. The earliest inventors of the light bulb across Europe made risky, easy-breaking electric bulbs, which proved expensive and unreliable. Edison thought outside the box, understanding that proper material for producing light exists somewhere.
His perseverance and dedication helped Edison find Tungsten, which he formed as a wire and found as the best and longest lasting filament for light bulbs.
The modern world of electricians is not short of Edisons. The 21st-century electricians of this age have highly creative ideas that could help preserve electricity production while minimizing the environmental costs.
More Efficient Photovoltaic Cells
In 2016, Australian electricians from the University of New South Wales in Sydney increased the capabilities of existing photovoltaic cells and improved them from the previous record of 24 percent to 34.5 percent while reducing the panels’ dimensions in the process.
Their Ace Card is the invention of a new type of solar cell that uses indium, gallium, phosphide, germanium, and arsenide. While still experimental, the photovoltaic cells show promise as a prime energy source for this world that needs a new resource for electricity.
Advanced Electrical Grids
The US Department of Energy had concentrated part of its funding to possible innovations during the time that gave birth to “Smart Grids.” According to the DOE, the Smart Grid senses electrical transmission lines and optimizes electrical flow for houses that consume more electricity due to more appliances and vice versa.
The Smart Grid uses existing power optimization concepts and practices used by smartphones. It is possibly capable of quickly restoring electricity after power disturbances, reduce peak electricity demand automatically as per data collection, and integrate renewable energy systems.
Electric Energy From Body Heat
Riding the subway without air-conditioning during rush hour is an excruciating experience; body heat from the car’s population becomes trapped inside the railcar, stimulating the flow of your perspiration in the process. However, you can appreciate when this happens during the winter season for obvious reasons.
Some European countries intend to capitalize on human’s body heat that collects inside their metros, and even beyond. The London borough of Islington, Stockholm metro offices and a residential block in Paris have begun amassing human heat to use them as power for local homes and apartments as a renewable source.
Piezoelectric Dance Floors
If you have a friend who plays an electric guitar, they may have mentioned having something such as a piezo pickup for making music. Guitar pickups are magnets that use piezoelectricity to convert vibrations into electrical signals or energy. The problem with these basic piezoelectricity examples is they are week unless amplified.
A vibration is the result of movement and the temporary compression of matter from a positive to a negative position. Crystals that vibrate produce piezoelectricity (such as in kinetic watches). Take this concept to the dance floor of a stadium.
Having hundreds of people dance wildly across a specially-prepared crystal floor can generate much kinetic energy that can power the same venue. The concept is still young, but the potential of this invention as a renewable source of energy would have governments encourage young people to party hard.