Green tech finds (10/15/09)

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year’s topic is climate change. As such, today’s finds will all relate to technology aimed at addressing this threat… enjoy!

  • A no-brainer: Engineers have found one simple approach to addressing the release of methane into the atmosphere: seal natural gas well leaks.

  • Sketching up energy management: Buildings are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The open-source tool Open Studio can now be plugged into Google’s SketchUp (a 3D modeling tool) to account for energy usage in the building design process. (via CNET Green Tech)

  • Alternative fuel finder… and more: Looking for an alternative fuel (with a lower carbon footprint) to use in your vehicle? The National Renewable Energy Lab has created a new page on all things alternative fuels, from fueling station locations to vehicle choices.

  • Using the sun to keep you cool: Designer Minjoo Kwon has created a concept for window blinds with a built-in solar-powered air conditioner… great idea, since heating and cooling are among the biggest sources of home energy use (and carbon emissions). (via EcoTech Daily)

  • The solar-powered e-reader: Even with their comparably low footprint, e-readers still need power. A new LG model incorporates a solar panel, so charging doesn’t have to involve the burning of fossil fuels. (via EcoGeek)

  • OK… we like solar!: And there is a lot to like about solar as a technology for reducing the climate change risk. Cleantechnica point out ten up-and-coming solar applications that could keep us moving in the right direction…

  • Gas… minus the greenhouse gases: Well, no… but Coskata, the cellulosic ethanol company, has opened the doors on a new facility for producing ethanol that it claims will “reduce greenhouse gasses by as much as 96% over conventional gasoline, while using less than half the water that it takes to get a gallon of gasoline…” (via AutoBlogGreen)

  • Are bunnies low-carbon? We don’t know… but, apparently, a Swedish utility is burning them to make electricity… Uh… yuck! (via HuffPo Green)

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