Green tech finds (10/22/09)
From 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