Green tech finds

Is the iPhone 4 green? That, and other questions answered, in this week’s green tech finds.

  • Prize-winning biomimicry: Technology Academy Finland has awarded its biannual Millennium Technology Prize to Swiss scientist Michael Grätzel for his development of the dye sensitized solar cell, a cheaper alternative to photovoltaics that mimics photosynthesis. See the video above for details. (via The Economic Times)
  • Water desalinization to energy: Desalinizing sea water is a pretty energy-intensive process, but a new report from Kachan & Co claims that energy created from the process itself could produce massive amounts of baseload energy. (via GreenTech Pastures)
  • BBC documenting electric vehicle practicality: A team from the BBC is taking a European road trip to test out the viability of electric vehicles. A radio show (BBC Electric Ride) and blog will document their efforts. (via CNET Green Tech)
  • How green is the new iPhone? Earthtechlings gives a run-down of some of the green features of the iPhone 4. Their conclusion: not bad, but still not up to the Samsung Reclaim and Restore.
  • So, what exactly is a fuel cell? We keep hearing about hydrogen fuel cells powering the cars of the future… but what exactly is a fuel cell? The US Department of Energy’s Energy Savers Blog gives an overview of this technology.
  • We like smart grids… even if we don’t know what they are: The eighth EcoPinion Survey Report finds that Americans view smart grids favorably… even as 70% claim they don’t exactly understand them. (via Twilight Earth)
  • Mapping the oil spill… with kites: Satellite photos are cool, but non-profit Grassroots Mapping is taking a low-tech, low-carbon approach to mapping the Gulf oil spill: they’re attaching cameras to kites. (via NYT Bits)
  • Mushroom vs. the oil spill: Apparently, the EPA has been checking into the possibility of using containment booms made from mushrooms to battle the oil spill. (via Cleantechies)

Every week, we scratch the surface of green tech… let us know what you found that we didn’t.