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As we look into our 2013 green crystal ball, we can’t help but to pinpoint a couple of trends that we foresee taking off—from transforming turkey droppings into green energy and even the development of smart refrigerators that let you know when milk is low. Here are five top green energy trends predicted to accelerate in 2013.
1) If you’re looking for a green job, you might want to forego searching in the areas of oil and coal and target the solar and wind industries. Solar energy prices are plummeting, which means that the solar power industry will begin to absorb more of the market share from other energy technologies. In addition, the wind industry appears to be a force to be reckoned with: It is predicted to reach the status of nuclear power in the near future.
2) For those who mock today’s electric vehicles as being too costly and thus not a viable option, you just might have to quit laughing in the foreseeable future. Even as the development of green electric vehicles is accelerating, a new model just might make these vehicles more affordable. Just like you might choose to purchase a cell phone and then pay for the minutes as you go separately, you might soon have the chance to purchase a car and then purchase the cost of the electricity/lease of the green battery separately. You pay for gas as you go, so why not do the same with an electric vehicle?
3) Turkey poo is being turned into electricity in one state—Minnesota, the top state for turkey production—and this trend is likely to spread to many more areas, proving that turkeys are good for more than just Thanksgiving dinner. Back in 2009, a Fibrowatt plant used to burn turkey droppings was already generating enough electricity to supply power to more than 40,000 homes—and the plant, too.
4) You can ask Seri on the iPad whether you need a jacket today due to the weather. Why not ask your refrigerator to update you when you’re running out of beer? In the near future, refrigerators should be able to alert you when you are out of certain items simply by delivering a message to your cell phone, reminding you to pick up those products from the store (thanks to GPS). This just saves you a wasted trip to the grocery store and thus saves you on gas (in addition to making you more eco-friendly). Information technology and energy are beginning to shake hands more and more.
5) China is expected to dramatically outpace the rest of the world in the green energy sector. In fact, even though the electric car market has been growing strongly in the United States and in Japan, China is showing that it can dominate this market, too, just as it has in many other clean energy areas.
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