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Green tech finds (3/17/11)

Raise a glass of Guinness to St. Paddy… and to a couple of Irish green tech finds this week.

  • Social gaming app for saving energy: JouleBug, a social gaming iPhone app for saving energy, was released this week at SXSW.

  • ENERGY STAR certified buildings increase by nearly 60%: That’s just one finding from this week’s release of its third annual report on the top 25 cities for ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

  • No more plastic widgets in Guinness: In honor of St. Patricks day — University of Limerick scientists have figured out that coating the inside of a Guinness can with “biodegradable, natural cellulose” would do a better job of keeping the stout foamy than the the current plastic widget. (via Grist and @adamwerbach)

  • Comparing light bulbs on the go: Irish developer Eco Appz has released its Eco Bulbz iPhone app, which allows you to see the savings created by choosing energy efficient light bulbs over traditional incandescents. (via EnviroIreland and @earthadapt)

  • Solar snow purification: William Van Zee’s Pure Melt Bag concept allows a winter hiker to use the sun’s power to turn snow into purified water… all while on the trail. (via Earth Technling)

  • Baseload solar power in Spain: This could be big — Spanish company Cobra has built a plant in Andalucia that stores solar power in molten salt thermal storage. That mean’s on-demand solar power… even when the sun’s not shining.

  • HP increases energy efficiency by 50%: The hardware maker is telling everyone who’ll listen that their entire current generation of products is 50% more energy efficient than 5 years ago. (via GreenTech Pastures)

  • Find EV charging stations on Google Maps: That’s the newest feature of the popular application, which already features biking, walking, and public transportation routes. (via Treehugger)



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