Green tech finds (2/24/11)

Going off-grid as economic necessity, quiet compostable chip bags, and green beer… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Green beer in the Last Frontier: Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company faces some relatively unique challenges and costs in making its beer… and has implemented some relatively unique green technology (for a craft brewer, anyway) to keep a lid on both economic and environmental costs. (via Utne Reader)

  • Adjust the thermostat with your phone: ecobee, the makers of the Smart Thermostat, now offer an Android app that allows you to remotely adjust your home’s temperature.

  • The quiet compostable chip bag: Yep, Sunchips took a beating for the noise factor in their first compostable bag… so they’ve gone back to the drawing board and added a “more rubbery adhesive” to cut the volume.
  • Going off-grid to avoid foreclosure: That’s what one man in Palm Bay, Florida did. It’s not the highest tech of green tech set-ups, but it’s kept him in his home.

  • The WiFi-enabled electric bike: Electric bikes are expensive, so you may hesitant to invest in one because it may get stolen. PiCycle has taken that fear into account with optional integrated WiFi that allows for tracking of a stolen bike. (via Earth Techling)

  • Recycled rubber roof shingles: Summer Minor at Green Building Elements sings the praises of roof shingles made from recycled rubber: not just eco-friendly, but durable and cheap! (via @greeneconpost)

  • The topless electric Smart Car: Smart will roll out its Smart Forspeed concept, an EV that “has no roof, windows, or exterior door handles (but is equipped for weather) at next month’s International Motor Show in Geneva. That’s an artist’s rendering above…

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