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Green tech finds (12/24/09)

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Because green technology never takes a holiday… here are this week’s finds.

  • Salting away solar power: Nevada Power has announced a 25-year deal to buy solar power from the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, which will be “the nation’s first commercial solar power plant using salt storage to distribute energy after the sun sets…”

  • Satellites tracking groundwater: NASA’s GRACE satellites beam back data on deep water stores… and the recent data isn’t encouraging… (via Blue Living Ideas)

  • Interactive greenhouse gas emissions trends: The AP’s interactive map of global warming gas emissions by country is just one element of the stellar coverage they provided during and after the Copenhagen Climate Conference. (via EcoGeek)

  • Water footprints: Carbon gets all the press, but producing energy, regardless of the source, takes a lot of water… (via GreenTech Pastures)

  • Those speedy French: According to Cleantechies, France is about 30 years ahead of the US on high-speed rail development… c’est dommage!

  • Data centers, waste heat, and cathedrals: Helsinki’s Upsenki Cathedral will host a server farm for tech company Academica, and the waste heat produced will be channeled into the city’s district heating system. (via MNN)

  • Leak those leaks… via your iPhone: Seen waste, pollution, or inefficiency at a public space or business? The EcoSnoop iPhone app lets you report it to the world… (via Treehugger)

Happy holidays! Of course, share any finds you have with us below…

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