Green tech finds (12/17/09)
Satellite deforestation tracking, a muscle hybrid, and DIY solar panels… this week’s green tech finds.
- Vampire-proof your home: Charger maker iGo has launched three new products designed to help you reduce the use of standby power (i.e. vampire power).
- An 800hp hybrid? That’s what start-up Kepler Motors claims about its concept the Motion (pictured above). They’re shooting for a 2011 release… (via DVICE and EcoTech Daily)
- But does it still bang the dumpster around at godawful hours? NYC is testing out a hybrid garbage truck… (via GreenTech Pastures)
- Oklahoma is OK! Through the end of the year, Oklahoma residents can buy a Kandi Coco neighborhood electric vehicle for less than $900 (after state and federal tax incentives). It’s not going to get you out on the interstate (tops out at 25 mph), but we appreciate the idea… (via EcoGeek)
- Datacenter excess heat = warmth for greenhouse plants: Notre Dame University has figured out a novel way to remove excess heat from its datacenters — it’s going to pump it into greehouses at the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories and Potawatomi Greenhouse. (via Cleantechnica)
- DIY solar panels? A number of the big box stores are selling them, but BC Upham at Triplepundit points out some of the difficulties of do-it-yourself installation.
- Award-winning water recycling: The Ozzi Kleen Greywater Treatment System has won the Suncoast Waste Water Management 2009 Environment Award. (via Blue Living Ideas)
- Google fights deforestation: In Copenhagen, the tech giant announced its “high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine” for tracking the world’s forests. (via Earth 911 and MNN)
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Image credit: Kepler Motors