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Green tech finds (10/22/09)

railroad-engineFrom a green ride to a clean (hand-cranked) shave, it’s all here: this week’s green tech finds.

  • Solar that doesn’t stand out: Or, not as much, anyway… Iowa’s Powerfilm has developed “thin, flexible solar sheets that can be integrated with architectural building materials.” (via Springwise)

  • Eco wifi: Australia’s D-Link has announced its Green EthernetTM technology which “automatically detects link status and network cable length, then adjusts power accordingly.” It’s also allows a user to schedule wireless up time (like thermostats).

  • Lots of green in Tokyo: According to the New York Times, hybrids and EVs “dominate” at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show…

  • San Diego gets smart: UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego are working together to develop a smart grid for the region. (via Treehugger)

  • The hand-cranked electric shaver: Not sure if this is greener than a non-powered blade, but the Freedom Dynamo Electric Shaver lets you avoid cuts and plugging in: just a minute of hand-cranking is required to power it up. (via EcoTech Daily)

  • Battery-powered trains: The Norfolk Southern Railroad is testing out a prototype of a plug-in locomotive engine. (via Cleantechnica)

  • A green plane? That’s almost always a stretch, but Southwest Airlines has introduced a jet with a host of eco-friendly interior features that also reduce the plane’s weight by 5 lbs. per seat (thus saving some fuel and carbon emissions). (via Triplepundit)

  • Automakers may agree to standard for plug-ins: Imagine not only have to find a place to plug in your electric vehicle, or plug-in hybrid, but also having to make sure its the right kind of plug. The Society of Automotive Engineers International will vote this week on a standard for these vehicles. (via CNET Green Tech)

  • Check your wind power potential with your iPhone: Mariah Power’s Windspire me! app lets you check wind speeds by simply holding your iPhone up in the wind. (via Earth2Tech and Green Inc.)

It was a good week, so we certainly missed some things… what did you catch that we didn’t? Share it below…

Image credit: Norfolk Southern