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Green tech finds, 9/1/11

Lots of building tech this week, from shipping container “farms” to a net-zero rehab to a “living building” in Seattle.

Shipping containers as mini farms?: Is there anything you can’t do with used shipping containers? Atlanta-based PodPonics turns them into small hydroponic “farms” for growing food near the point of sale. (via Triplepundit)

Solar collector by day, light display by night: Move over, Jumbotron! Industrial designer Meidad Marzan‘s Urban Tiles concept combines solar panels and OLED panels that can be installed on the outside of buildings in an array, and which “flip” to shift from solar collector to advertising display, big screen television, or even a massive artistic canvas. (via Inhabitat)

64 mpg?: That’s the fuel efficiency an Australian couple achieved over a 9,500 mile trip around the US sponsored by Shell. They didn’t do it in a hybrid or a diesel, but in a Chevy Cruze Eco (with a manual transmission).  (via Green Living Guy)

A gas-saving app that encourages people to speed up?: Sounds counter-intuitive (and, well, dangerous) but the purpose of the SignalGuru app, under development at Princeton and MIT, is to gather data on traffic lights and then inform drivers on the speed they should go to avoid the light (and idling). Obviously, they’ve still got some messaging issues to handle. (via KMOV on Facebook)

“Living building” breaks ground in Seattle: The Bullitt Center in Seattle, which had its groundbreaking ceremony this week, is shooting for a very elite Living Building standard (currently held by only a handful of buildings).

The 19th-century, net-zero home: A couple in Ann Arbor, MI didn’t just renovate their 110-year-old home to be more energy efficient, they turned it into a “net-zero” home that produces more energy than it consumes. (via in.gredients and @smallbits)

World’s first solar-geothermal hybrid power plant announced in Vegas: Senator Harry Reid kicked off the fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit that the world’s first solar-geothermal hybrid power plant would be built about 75 miles outside of Reno.

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