Biomimicry — emulating nature and biology and incorporating them into technological solutions — is an intriguing concept and one that could lead to sustainable innovations for some of mankind’s dirtiest and most wasteful industries. Replicating the bioluminecent glow from fireflies for light is astounding because the process doesn’t require any batteries or electricity. This technology may be in the future for our armed forces…and eventually the average consumer. Mimicking the enzymes in fireflies and applying them to non-biological surfaces could mean a whole new source of energy-efficient lighting.
Japan is looking to expand massively into the solar energy market at a rate of $9.6 million within a year. This could quickly make Japan the second largest market for solar power, ahead of even Germany, but still behind China. Many in Japan are looking to cut the nation’s dependence on nuclear power after the reactor meltdown last year. However, opposition to increased renewable energy is also building due to the surcharges and rise in electricity bills for businesses and residents associated with the government tariffs and incentives for solar manufacturers. Rising from the ashes of tragedy, Japan could very well become a global model for economic recovery, energy-conscious behavior and self-reliance.
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