Including Renewable Energy in Your Product Design

by | Mar 13, 2020 | Design, Designing, Inventions, Product Design

One of the ways that Mako Design keeps up with innovation and creating innovative products is to look for ways to make functional products in the most energy-efficient and sustainable way possible. With so much interest and sudden popularity in creating more green inventions and environment-friendly products that are beneficial for the world’s health and economy. One unique way that is not often explored in the realm of ‘green inventions’ or sustainable products is using renewable energy sources to power your products. Although it may seem inconvenient to rely on things other than electricity to help power your electronics, you’d be surprised about how many handy products actually work more efficiently because they rely on renewable energy.

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is a form of energy that is derived from earth’s natural resources. These resources are no finite nor exhaustible but are a great alternative to traditional energy that relies on fossil fuels, making it less harmful to use for the environment. Some examples of renewable energy include wind and sunlight. There are a couple of different types of renewable energy, some of the most popularly known ones are solar energy, wind, hydroelectricity (from wind turbines), and the ocean. Below are some great examples of green inventions that rely on renewable energy to function!

A Green Invention that can Stick Anywhere for an Instant Charge

In the age where everyone needs to make sure that their devices are properly charged, having access to an outlet is a must. When you find yourself stuck in a room or meeting with no available outlets nearby, getting your phone or electronics charged for when you need them is crucial. The Window Socket is a green invention that is both a convenient and helpful product that can be a lifesaver! Simply attach the socket onto a window and plug in your charger to charge your phone! The Window Socket harnesses the energy from the sun to allow solar energy to charge your electronic devices.

How Green Inventions Save You a Bunch of Money!

If you live in a busy city, saving your costs and hydro bills are probably important to you. Solar Blinds is a genius green invention that homeowners will love. Once installed, these blinds can generate 100W per 1sqm, enough to charge a smartphone, a laptop or power a tv. Therefore, not only can you lower carbon emissions and reduce your carbon footprint, but you can also efficiently charge and power your home electronics without running up the costs of your hydro bill. Some of the smart features within these blinds is their abilities to control them through a connected app on your phone, connect them to Amazon’s Alexa, or Google Home, and set them up as an alarm clock that opens up letting in sunlight to your home to naturally wake you up.

A Green Invention Perfect for the Summer Season

If you know you want to create a product that is perfect for the outdoors, it’s not a bad idea to make use of having it function with a renewable energy source, such as solar power! One of the most vital products used in the summer is the traditional coolers – but instead of relying on ice, GoSun Chill Solar Cooler relies on renewable energy to keep drinks cool. Using solar-powered energy from being place in the sun all day, this cooler is powered through the sun to keep your beverages and food cold during your whole trip outside! The genius in creating a seasonal product such as summer to make use of being powered through solar power is a great example of how renewable energy in green inventions can be integrated into consumer products given their function and use in different situations.

The Green Invention You Can Wear

Designed in 2018 and released to the public in 2019 is the Solar Charged Jacket by Vollebak. The genius behind this green invention lies in its construction and design that helps separate it from regular sports jackets. With the outside and active community, a huge problem that exists is how to create and stay safe when going out for runs and participating in sports outside. With the solar-charged jacket, runners and members of the active community can stay rest assured that they can stay warm, sweat proof, and ditch the need for extra light-reflecting material in order to stay safe and visible once it begins to get dark outside. The solar charged jacket is made of a highly responsive material that can be instantly charged to glow in the dark by any light source (Such as the flashlight on your iPhone). Not only can you light up your whole jacket, but also write and draw a design on it. The jacket is sustainably charged through sunlight or daylight on cloudy days.

Learn more about why eco-friendly design is important to Mako Design, here!

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.

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