Green tech finds (9/30/10)

Solar ivy, French hybrids, and green cheese… your weekly green tech finds.

  • Are smart grids smart for cities?: Stephen Hammer at Harvard Business Review wonders if smart grid technology is the most efficient way to make our cities more sustainable.

  • New portal features green tech ready for funding: Looking for a green technology investment opportunity? The US Department of Energy’s new Technology Commercialization Portal features over 200 marketing summaries of technologies ready for investment or licensing. (via Environmental Leader)

  • NYC eyes green and blue roofs to address sewer overflows: Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks that green roofing solutions, plus decidedly low-tech ideas like rain barrels and increased vegetation, could create a 40% reduction in sewer overflow pollution of waterways by 2030.

  • Green cheese: OK, not really, but Dewlay Cheese in Lancashire, UK, will soon be powering its entire operation with an on-site wind turbine.

  • Battle of the French car makers: Peugeot will unveil a diesel-electric hybrid at the Paris Auto Show (starting on Saturday) to compete with Renault’s “all-electric strategy”… as well as Toyota’s very healthy lead in the green car market.

  • Scotland shooting for 100% renewable power: Scotland’s First Minister announced that the country plans to get 100% — or more — of its energy from renewable sources (like the wind turbines above) by 2025.

  • Lexmark’s lifecycle design: Heather Clancy at GreenTech Pastures discusses how printer maker Lexmark looks focuses on end-of-life considerations for more sustainable design.

  • Ivy-covered brick… that generates energy: Solar Ivy is still very much in the concept stage, but provides both aesthetic appeal and multiple means of harvesting power through solar and kinetic energy. (via Calfinder’s Solar blog)

If you found something that we didn’t, share it with us in the comments…


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