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Green tech finds (8/13/09)

Can the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid really deliver 230 mpg? Can you power your DVD player with your exercise bike? Answers to these questions and more in this week’s green tech finds…

  • Powering up with your bicycle: Exercise bikes aren’t just good for keeping fit; many people are figuring out innovative ways to harness that power and create electricity.

  • A showcase green home in Silicon Valley: Eco-entrepreneur Marc Porat has turned his 1936 English Tudor Revival home into a carbon-neutral showcase of green tech.

  • 230 mpg? That’s the claim GM’s making about its forthcoming Chevy Volt (for city driving, anyway). EcoGeek’s Hank Green takes a closer look at the company’s claims, as well as those by critics. CNET Green Tech’s Martin Lamonica also chimes in…

  • Hell’s Angels go electric: OK, not really, but Siemens and Orange County Choppers have developed a fully electric chopper. Look for them at a biker bar near you…

  • Tower of Power: eSolar has launched its new Sierra SunTower Plant, a concentrating solar thermal power plant with 24,000 mirrors, in Lancaster, CA. (via Cleantechnica)

  • Bookkeeping for carbon emissions: Use Quickbooks for your small business? Intuit has launched its free Green Snapshot tool, which takes data from QB, estimates your company’s carbon footprint from it, and offers recommendations for cutting your emissions. (via Triplepundit)

  • The solar-powered morning jolt: It’s only a concept at this point, but designer Gun Ho Lee has created a coffee maker that runs on solar power…

  • Energy efficiency heading back to school: Energy information website Greenquest has launched a promotion that provides free, branded versions of their energy assessment tool to school districts and their stakeholders. (via Green Living Ideas)

That’s a wrap for this week… if we missed anything particularly cool, let us know below.