When we think of nanotechnology (if we think of it at all), it’s usually in relation to our understanding of lightweight spacecrafts or the latest set of golf clubs to hit the market. And while many of us may not realize it, nanotechnology has quickly become part of our daily lives. From the sunscreen that protects our skin, to the electronics in our homes, nanotechnology has quickly become a driving force behind the most basic technologies in today’s market.
Nanotechnology and the American Market
According to Unitar.org, nanotechnology is so prevalent in the american market that it is found in over 500 different products. This number is quite high when compared to the European market, which offers roughly 350 products that implement nanotechnology features. With so many avenues to venture down, many researchers are arguing that nanotechnology should no longer be considered an industry in itself. This has largely been the result of nanotechnology becoming a staple for products of all sorts.
Much like the advent of plastics in the early 20th century, nanotechnology has revolutionized the market with groundbreaking advancements in every field from medicine to athletics. Still, this game changer of a technology is relatively new. With only twenty years of product development, this advancement has already changed the landscape of the American market. It’s no longer a perk of high quality products, it has quickly become an industry standard.
The industry is expanding and finding its way into sustainable energy sources. With the rising cost of energy in all forms, companies are continually looking for new ways to lower the costs of energy consumption. Many corporations have already taken new and exciting steps toward developing more cost effective tools for providing energy sources. Advancements in nanotechnology have given way for the development of new generator insulation to be much thinner than it has been in the past. By doing this, they are becoming smaller, and more efficient.
How it Works
Generators use large quantities of insulated copper transmitters that transfer tens of thousands of volts from copper bar to copper bar. Previously, insulation for these voltage emitters has had trouble maintaining the voltage carriers, causing a massive loss of energy. By implementing elements such as scales of mica and silica into the plastics that surround the copper, energy is preserved longer and causes less damage to the copper itself, according to Azonano.com. Some companies have taken a leading edge in this burgeoning technology and started to integrate it into their generators already. Sunbelt Rentals, for example, has developed drastic improvements in this technology and already offer it in many of their generators, focusing heavily on the larger, trailer generators used for industrial power sources.
What does this mean for the consumer? Well, it’s benefits are actually as obvious as they first appear. We are being presented with lighter and more efficient generators, and while this might not seem like a big deal for the generator you use to power a camp-out, it does mean significant price decreases for the larger generators that are often used for larger events and industrial sites.
Interestingly enough, these new technologies are underutilized in the energy market with the bulk of nanotechnology being implemented into markets like health, fitness, home and garden. So for the time being, very few companies are providing energy-producing materials that implement nanotechnology.