Green tech finds (2/17/11)
Plug in a wind turbine, get solar power at night, and charge your phone with water… this week’s green tech finds.
- Landfill gas power comes to Detroit: Waste Management of Michigan has announced plans to build two plants that convert landfill gas into electricity in the Detroit metropolitan area. Expected output: 24.8 megawatts.
- The solar panel that works in the dark: Full-spectrum solar panels aren’t new… but, up until now, they’ve been incredibly expensive. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have hit the sweet spot… (via Cleantechnica and Greenwala)
- Find utility rebates and more: A new database by ennovationz lets you easily search for rebates, tax incentives, and financing for energy efficient purchases and home improvements. (via Cleantechies)
- The plug-and-play wind turbine: Clarian Power‘s SmartBox wind turbine is not only designed for “plug and play” installation, but is also relatively cheap… See the video above for details. (via Earth Techling)
- Gas-sippers greener than hybrids?: In some cases, yes, according to The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy… when upstream emissions and battery disposal are figured in, a Mini Cooper scores higher than a Chevy Volt. (via LA Times Greenspace and @greendivameg)
- Hyundai unveils new fuel cell-electric vehicle: Hyundai? Yep… the Korean automaker rolled out the third-generation Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at this week’s Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy 2011 conference.
- Charge your phone with hydrogen: SiGNa Chemistry is working on an electronic device charger based on the concept of “just add water” (from which hydrogen is extracted).
Find something in the green tech space that we missed? Let us know about it…
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