Green tech finds (4/28/11)

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A classic hybrid for sale, more poop to power, and solar kits at Costco… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Are you ready for an electric vehicle? A new smart phone app and companion website from BMW tracks your current driving habits to show whether you’re ready to transition to an EV. (via Crisp Green)

  • Crowdfunding community solar: Berkeley company Solar Mosaic creates a marketplace for individuals to invest in (and get paid from) community solar installations. See how it works above… (via Care2)

  • “Classic” hybrid for sale on eBay: Want to own a nearly thirty-year-old hybrid car? A 1982 Reliant Ogle Lucas Hybrid Car (an experimental vehicle) is for sale on eBay UK… though it needs a little work. (via @greeneconpost)

  • New San Diego plant pulls power from poop: The new Trident BioFuels Energy gas processing plant in San Diego pulls methane from waste water processing to create biogas. (via Earth Techling)

  • Solar kits come to Costco: As far as I know, you still can’t get a law degree at Costco (cheap IDIOCRACY reference), but, now, you can buy a grid-tie solar system.

  • What do you do with a “used up” electric car battery? Turns out that there’s still a lot of life left in an EV battery once its storage levels make it unfit for propelling a vehicle. A number of partnerships have sprung up to figure out how to use those batteries… including a government project looking at adding them to the electrical grid for energy storage.

  • The biodiesel cook stove: Cooking’s a hazardous business in the developing world — almost a million and half women and children die from inhaling cooking stove vapors. Adama Kamara’s Fire Pot Stove, which uses a mix of “waste vegetable oil blended with methanol or ethanol and wood ash” aims to eliminate some of these health hazards.

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