Green tech finds: 8/4/11

Would you live in an old Hummer? Could solar power be available even when the sun’s not shining? These and other questions answered in this week’s green tech finds.

Harvesting ambient energy with paper antennas: Researchers at Georgia Tech are experimenting with pulling electromagnetic energy from the air with “antennas” printed on paper with inkjet technology. (via Grist)

Biodegradable sneakers that sprout flowers: Amsterdam-based OAT Shoes creates sneakers that not only biodegrade in soil, they even have wildflower seeds embedded in the tongue, so you can add to your garden once the shoes are worn out. (via Yahoo! Green)

The solar-powered ice cream truck: Yep, it’s a promotional effort, but a a pretty cool one – solar leasing company Sungevity is spreading the word about its service with the “Rolling Rooftop Revolution,” essentially a solar-powered ice cream truck. Maybe this will catch on with real mobile vendors of frozen treats? (via @solarmosaic)

The Hummer house: Think a Hummer’s big enough to live in? How about eight of them used as prefabricated modules for a home? That’s the concept behind HPlusF‘s Hummer Home design. (via GOOD and @derekmarkham)

Round the clock solar power? Seems impossible, right? But a team of researchers at MIT have modified much more expensive tower systems into a concentrated solar array that could store enough energy to provide power 24/7. (via Earth Techling)

Military home builder embraces solar power: Marc Gunther profiles Australian company Lend Lease, which, as a builder and owner of US military housing, has figured out that solar makes a lot of sense for their business model and is working on “two of the two largest solar-powered communities in the nation.”

Nissan gets into computer games: Again, it’s a promotional effort  (for the LEAF), but the company’s The Planet Zero frames environmental education within a video game. (via Gas 2.0)

What did you find this week on the green technology front? Let us know in the comments.


The UK’s stellar solar power incentives.

An infographic on the current status of nuclear power and renewable energy.

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