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Green tech finds (10/7/10)


Off-grid battery packs for the developing world, a green tech playground, and more… this week’s green tech finds.

  • Making solar cells from wind: Welsh solar cell maker G24 Innovations is preparing for the installation of a wind turbine at its Wentloog Environmental Centre in Cardiff in order to produce its renewable power systems with renewable power (at least partially). (via Treehugger)

  • The off-grid battery pack: Start-up Fenix International rolled out its website and first product this week: the ReadySet, a “a 12-volt lead acid battery designed specifically for frequent charges from a variety of sources, including a solar panel, bicycle generator, the power grid, or eventually hydro and small-wind turbines.” The product is designed for use in areas of the developing world without access to power. See the video above for details. (via CNET Green Tech)

  • Green tech in the park: Farragut, Tennessee, is wrapping up construction on McFee Park, which will feature a wide range of renewable energy and efficiency tech, including “high efficiency LED lighting, solar panels, permeable paved parking areas, rain gardens, drip irrigation systems, and light tubes in the restrooms.”

  • World’s largest solar solar plant now in Canada: Yes, Canada… the Sarnia Solar Project in Ontario, owned by Enbridge, Inc., has expanded to produce 80 megawatts of energy. (via Cooler Planet)

  • Corn-based particle board: Traditional particle board used in cheaper furnishings can be nasty stuff because of formaldehyde-based binders. A new product, Corn Board, not only uses corn stover, an agricultural waste, as fiber, but also binds the particles with a non-toxic resin. (via Cleantechnica)

  • Noisy bags as metaphor: Kirsten Korosec at BNET laments the demise of the SunChips compostable bag because of noise complaints… and sees it as a metaphor for the challenges facing designers of green products. And Mother Jones points to another example of unintended consequences with green tech.

  • Biodegradable, water-collecting bricks: Designers Jin-young Yoon and Jeongwoong Kwon’s Save Water Bricks are designed to harvest rainwater through the outer wall of a building. (via Crisp Green)



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