Green tech finds (8/19/10)

A zero-emissions race around the world, whiskey biofuel, and more… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Energy efficient motors mean green jobs in Arkansas: Electrocraft, Inc. has announced it will start producing energy efficient electric motors for heating and air conditioning units in its Searcy, Arkansas plant.  This means 55 new green jobs for the small town.

  • Cell phone tech meets data centers: Data centers (aka server farms) suck up a lot of energy. Start-up Smooth-Stone thinks it can cut that power use by applying “low-power cell phone technology to servers…”  A number of VCs think they can do it, and have provided $48 million in funding.

  • ZERO Race kicks off in Geneva: On Tuesday, four teams from three continents started off on a 21st-century version of 80 days around the world… in zero emission electric vehicles. (via Greenfudge)

  • EPA releases free water quality software: Dubbed “Canary” (as in “canary in a coal mine”), the EPA’s new app allows municipal water systems to detect contaminants and issue a “Do Not Drink” alert. (via GreenTech Pastures)

  • The $30 energy monitor: There are a number of devices on the market for monitoring home energy use… but they can be kind of pricey. The Belkin Conserve Insight, however, comes in at an affordable $30. (via Springwise)

  • But can you get pulled over for drunk driving? Researchers in Scotland are developing a biofuel from byproducts of the whiskey industry… which can be used in conventional cars without modifications. (via Earth & Industry)

  • California elementary school goes solar: Redding, California’s Grant Elementary school starts the year off with a new energy source: a 202.50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system. (via Calfinder’s Residential Solar Blog)

  • Energy savings for your business: Want to cut the electric bills at the office? Ecopreneurist’s Jennifer Kaplan has gathered up 12 free energy efficiency resources for your business.

Got a great green tech find that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments…


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