Green tech finds: the energy from the sea edition

Electricity from lobsters? Kelp as a model for renewable energy generation? Yep, we’ve got those stories, and more, in this week’s green tech finds.

Wearing used coffee pods: Single-use coffee machines are convenient, but you end up with all of those used pods you have to throw away, right? Designer Rachel Rodwell saw potential in those pods, and her Podtex concept uses them as materials for clothing and jewelry. See how she transforms them in the video above. (via Do the Green Thing)

Lobsters as batteries?: Lobsters themselves may have a vision of THE MATRIX, but experiments at Clarkson University aren’t nearly so grim. Rather, researchers want to see if glucose produced by animals (including humans) can be converted to electricity for use in biomedical devices (like pacemakers). (via Treehugger)

Energy from kelp?: Not exactly. Rather, a new photo series from National Geographic highlights some of the latest inspirations produced by biomimicry, or attempting to follow nature’s lead in creating solutions to problems. One of them involves using kelp as a model for using the motion of the ocean (really!) to produce energy. (via @GreenGlobalTrvl)

Mining asteroids: This one’s getting a lot of attention – a new company thinks it can protect the environment here on Earth by reaching into space – and, specifically, by capturing near-Earth asteroids – for mined materials.

You can save the world from global warming: Well, in a video game world, anyway. Fate of the World: Tipping Point allows a player to deal with the environmental, social, and political consequences of climate change. (via Earth Techling)

Free wifi for picking up your dog’s poop: Really – an internet company is experimenting with providing a few minutes of free wifi every time someone throws away dog poop in a special box. You have to be in Mexico City to try it out, though. (via Huffington Post)

Turn an old floppy disk into a Starship Enterprise: Know an upcycling geek? They’ll love this project that requires only a floppy disk and a pair of scissors. (via Discovery)

If you came across a good story that we missed, show us up: share it in the comments below.


Image credit: Screen capture from G4′s “How To Harvest Electricity From Lobsters” video