Green tech finds, 9/22/11

Roads that charge your electric car, biofuel from orange peels, and sucking CO2 out of the air – your green tech finds for the week.

Look out, Volt! The plug-in Prius is here: Car hackers have been converting the Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid (like the Chevy Volt) for years. The Japanese automaker has finally gotten in on the trend and released a plug-in version of its popular hybrid for the 2012 model year. That’s it above. (via Greenwala)

Charge your electric car while driving it: The concept of “electrified roadways” that could charge electric vehicles while they’re moving has been around for decades, and Japanese researchers may have now come up with a viable model. ”Electrified metal plates are buried under roads, which ‘up-convert’ energy via a radio frequency to a steel belt inside a car’s tires, as well as to a plate sitting above the tire.” (via smartplanet and @greenamericatv)

Recycling Pacific Garbage Patch plastic: Cleaning products company Method plans to “mine” the North Pacific Gyre (aka the Pacific Garbage Patch) for plastics, and then recycle them into bottles for their products. (via Triplepundit)

Can we just suck CO2 out of the air? In short, yes. The technology has been around for decades, but only for capturing relatively small amounts of the greenhouse gas. Harvard professor David Keith thinks the process could be scaled up to capture carbon dioxide at a level to reduce atmospheric concentrations, and how he has a machine he’s showing to potential investors. (via Grist)

Orange peel biofuel: Professor James Clark of the UK’s University of York thinks that orange peels could be used to produce bio-ethanol, as well as other chemicals normally derived from petroleum. For a country like Brazil that produces tons of orange juice, this could mean a valuable new resource. (via GOOD and @GHGFreeSeattle)

Puma’s new 100% recycled shoe: Athletic shoe company Puma has really been pushing the green envelope, and its new Re-Suede model is a version of the classic suede sneaker made completely from recycled polyester and rubber.

An inexhaustible source of energy? Hold on to your wallet  - we’ve heard this before. Researchers at Penn State are experimenting with a really intriguing method of extracting hydrogen from wastewater and organic byproducts. (via Cleantechnica)

Found some pretty cool stories this time around. If you’ve got something better, share it with us.


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