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Green tech finds, 9/15/11

Pig poop, coconuts, and seaweed: all the stuff of good green tech finds this week.

An affordable, fast and tip-proof electric motorcycle: Lit Motors CEO Daniel Kim claims all of those qualities come together in the C-1 concept, which could be available as early as 2013. Check it out in the video above. (via GreenTech Pastures)

Google powered on pig poop: The Internet giant has invested in a Duke University and Duke Energy project that uses methane digestion to turn pig manure from a North Carolina farm into electricity. (via Crisp Green and @glueandglitter)

The plug-in ship: If you can plug your car into the electric grid, why not larger vehicles like ships while they “idle” in port?

Coconut power: The South Pacific islands of Tokelau (a territory of New Zealand)are concerned about climate change, as they sit sixteen feet above sea level. So, they’re planning a major energy overhaul, from imported fossil fuels to two sources they have in abundance: sunlight and coconut oil. (via Treehugger)

The zero-emissions skyscraper: Thought Vincent Callebaut’s Dragonfly concept was innovative? Take a look at his design for an energy self-sufficient skyscraper in Taichung, Taiwan. (via Inhabitat and @Greenopolis)

Volkswagen’s Tiny Electric Car: And you thought the Beetle was small! Volkswagen’s Nils electric concept car is a one-seater, but it looks pretty sharp for a vehicle designed mainly for driving to work and running errands. The company unveiled it this week at the Frankfurt Auto Show. (via @greeneconpost)

Can seaweed improve battery storage?: Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University believe that alginate, a substance derived from brown algae, could contribute to a ten-fold increase in the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. (via Cleantechnica)

What did you find this week? If it’s cool green tech, let us know about it in the comments.

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