Clean energy major focus for future technology, industry poll reveals

Clean energy major focus for future technology, industry poll reveals

Green energy is the most important area for future technology, a new report states. The finding comes from Element14, an online community of engineers which surveyed 3,500 people from Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of renewable technologies,” says Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director, The Climate Group. “It is becoming easier for people to control their energy use through smart meters and generate their own energy as solar panels become more affordable.

“Leading technology companies like BT and Philips see the benefits of switching to 100% renewable, too. They have joined RE100 as a way to demonstrate their 100% renewable commitment  – not only because it makes good business sense, but also because they know its important for their customers.”

The study, Engineering a Connected World, focuses on the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, which refers to the increasing interconnection of everyday objects through electronic sensors and software which exchanges data between them. Renewable energy will be central to the development of interconnected objects in the future, the consumers and experts polled agree.

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Image: Percentage of the answers to the question “Where should technology be focused?”, from the Engineering a Connected World report – courtesy of Element14

Source: The Climate Group

Date: April 2015

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