Green tech finds (5/5/11)
Blimps, chicken feathers, and viruses… your green tech finds for the week.
- The 10,000 year heat pump: Heat pumps aren’t sexy; they are, however, an incredibly efficient technology means of heating and cooling buildings. Researchers in Norway are experimenting with a new, more simple design framework that they think will create a heat pump with a “dramatically longer life.” (via @adamwerbach)
- Tracking e-waste: Where do your old electronics end up? The basement? The trash? Or in a developing country for “recycling?” The UN’s StEP project wants to find out, and the US EPA has provided them with $2.5 million to track US electronic waste. (via @TerracomChicago)
- 41-year-old EV for sale on eBay: Last week it was a classic hybrid; this week, Earth Techling points us to a 1970 Legrand electric vehicle up for auction on eBay. The car has 50-mile battery range, and can hit a whopping 55 mph (which still makes for a good commuting vehicle).
- Blimps are back: And not just for overhead angles on football games. A number of aeronautics companies are developing airships (as they’re now called) as a lower-energy alternative to transporting cargo by plane. Take a look at one under development by Lockheed Martin above. (via Cleantechies)
- Plastics from chicken feathers: Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln think chicken feathers might be a good base material for bioplastics. (via Crisp Green)
- Electronic medical records as climate saver: A new analysis from Kaiser Permanente argues that shifting to electronic medical records could greatly reduce the climate impact of the healthcare industry… by as much as 1.7 million tons of CO2 emissions. (via Ecogeek and Earth 911)
- Viral solar tech: Literally! Reserachers at MIT are experimenting with using a genetically-modified version of the M13 virus to better control the arrangement of carbon nanotubes on the surfaces of next-generation solar cells. (via GreenTech Pastures)
- California cuts costs with PC power management: A law signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to increase the energy efficiency of the state’s IT infrastructure through PC power management and data center consolidation appears to be working: they’ve saved enough energy in six months to power 2000 homes.
So, what do you have? Share your green tech finds from the week in the comments.
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