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Green tech finds (6/5/09)

It’s Friday… time for your round-up of interesting and innovative green tech stories.

  • Sony Ericsson announces the release of two new “Greenheart” mobile phones. The company claims both models have a 15% lower carbon footprint than comparable models, and feature a minimum of 50% recycled plastic. (via eWeek)

  • Ever had your hat blown off in an urban “wind tunnel?” Ohio-based start-up Green Energy Technologies is trying to replicate the effect of wind tunnels, and harness the energy, with its WindCube wind speed amplifier. (via earth2tech)

  • So where are all those green tech jobs? The state of Florida hopes it becomes one of the answers to that question. It projects that, if fully implemented, its Climate Action plan “could add almost 150,000 new jobs and bring almost $40 billion in increased economic activity to the Sunshine state.” (via sustainablog and SolveClimate)

  • Boxy but good: Coda Automotive announced plans to release its “affordable, full performance all-electric sedan to the mainstream California market in 2010.” CNET Green Tech calls it the “anti-Tesla.” (pictured above)

  • It’s a green world after all: Britain’s first proposed geothermal plant will power the Eden Project green theme park in Cornwall. (via Fast Company)

  • Bring back the bulb: Researchers at the University of Rochester think they can make incandescent bulbs much more efficient (and, thus, even cheaper than CFLs) with laser treatments. (via Cleantechnica)

  • Solar power may grow on trees: London-based Solar Botanic, Ltd., is working on producing fake trees that harvest solar power (like the real ones). (via EcoGeek)

  • Back to the future: Streetcars may not just be a relic of the past — United Streetcar, LLC, is ready to supply a potentially growing demand for this much more sustainable form of urban transportation. (via Treehugger)

Did you see any cool green tech stories this week that we missed? Let us know in the comments…

Image credit: Coda Automotive