Clean Tech and Great Green Inventions

From fun to fantastic, serious philanthropy to pure gratification, clean technology, and green innovation are on the rise.

Beginning with simple solar ovens that make salt water drinkable, to a bridge in Barcelona, Spain that will be paved with smog-eating concrete, to companies that are working on harnessing the power of the waves and clean tech water vehicles, innovation is the name of the game.

As a grad student at Milan Polytechnic in 2005, Gabriele Diamanti became increasingly fascinated with global water scarcity. He designed a simple open-source solar still, the Eliodomestico (, to tackle a problem that many developing countries face, a lack of clean water. Diamanti’s still can be simply built, has zero operating cost and works like an upside down coffee maker to create fresh drinking water. What a concept!

Barcelona, Spain home to the rather plain Sarajevo Bridge, is getting ready to go through a transformation that will not only beautify it but also include a smog-eating concrete called “photocatalytic concrete," which uses the sun’s energy as it hits the road to break down pollutants and neutralize them. Crazy, right? The bridge plans also include living green walls, as well as solar panels to power LED lights. All these sustainable green technologies are worth keeping an eye on as the bridge plans move forward.

Sea Wave Energy Limited (SWEL) is focused on designing renewable energy technologies, specifically, harnessing the power of the waves. SWEL has developed a low-cost, high-output method to extract wave energy using a series of interlinked platforms, called waveline magnets. They’re an interesting company to watch as they continue to test and refine their platforms.

Helios, an innovative solar-powered sailing yacht is something to behold. Developed for the Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest organized by Boat International Media, the eco-friendly yacht harvest solar power through its flexible solar cell clad sails. The 2,500 solar panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Another innovation is the Schiller S1, a water bike that can go from land to water in less than 10 minutes, with a sleek design that allows the lucky rider to pedal into the open blue and discover another world around them. Human-powered, the S1 is not only a great way to exercise, but also an awesome way to enjoy the open water without fumes getting in the way.

The Kickstarter for the Schiller S1 is happening now and we need your support! Consider it a pledge to clean tech and innovation.