Green tech finds (11/11/10)

Weird green tech (not!), vertical farming for real, and a new entry into the electric vehicles race… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Rural electrification = solar in the Philippines: The country’s Department of Energy is taking bids to provide solar systems to four regions of the country not connected to the electrical grid.

  • Weird tech?: Newsweek has a slide show up titled “Eco Oddities“… but are wave power, algae-based biofuels, and “poop to power” (among others) really that unusual anymore?

  • So, how green is the cloud?: Heather Clancy digs into that question, and profiles a company addressing some of the unintended environmental consequences associated with cloud computing.

  • Honda joining the EV race: The Japanese car company will roll out an electric vehicle concept at the upcoming LA Auto Show… no details beyond that, though. (via Gas 2.0)

  • Solar air conditioning for big rigs: Truckers often run their rigs while stopped for climate control. Mitsubishi and Nippon Fruehauf’s new i-Cool Solar unit provides air conditioning from stored solar power… rather than an idling engine. (via Cleantechies)

  • Vertical farming comes off the drawing boards: Milwaukee-based non-profit Growing Power, started by Macarthur Genius Grant winner Will Allen, plans to implement a five-story vertical farm at its headquarters.

  • Harvesting solar energy from roads: Highways suck up a lot of solar energy… and a new study from the University of Rhode Island puts forth four approaches to make use of that energy. (via Cleantechnica)

Anything else? If you found something interesting in the green tech space, share it with us in the comments…


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