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Green tech finds (1/21/10)

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Glitter-sized solar panels, green electronics, and cow fat… your green tech finds.

  • Lubing your engine with cow fat: Green Earth Technologies‘ G-OIL, a “bio-oil” created from cow fat, has been named the official motor oil of green racing series American Le Mans.

  • Design your own electric vehicle: Trexa has created a concept platform for electric vehicles, which could allow specialty vehicle developers to create cars much like tech developers create iPhone apps (via Auto Blog Green)

  • Let there be light: Haiti needs many things right now… lighting may be among the more important. Clinton Global Initiative member EarthSpark International is raising funds for solar-powered lamps, mobile chargers, and flashlights, as well as 1.8 kilowatts of solar-powered lighting for hospitals run by Partners in Health.

  • Looking for green electronics online? Amazon has just added a green category to its electronics section that uses both ENERGY STAR and EPEAT ratings to determine inclusion (via CNET Green Tech)

  • Greenpeace updates electronics rankings: Nokia’s still at the top, Sony Ericsson and Apple continue to improve, and Nintendo is still in the cellar. (via EcoGeek)

  • Wind-powered PDFs: And Photoshop, and Illustrator… Adobe Systems has installed twenty Windspire vertical axis wind turbines on the parking garage of its LEED-certified facility in San Jose (see examples of the turbines above). (via Triplepundit and Inhabitat)

  • Glitter-sized solar panels: This research out of the Sandia National Laboratory could mean that every pre-schooler’s artwork could also become a battery… (via Green Living Ideas)

  • Big box, big solar: Wal-Mart “put the finishing touches” on a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in Southern California. (via Earth & Industry)

Seen something new, cool, or unique on the green tech scene? Let us know about it…

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