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Green tech finds (8/19/10)

Green tech finds (8/19/10)

A zero-emissions race around the world, whiskey biofuel, and more… your green tech finds for the week.

Energy efficient motors mean green jobs in Arkansas: Electrocraft, Inc. has announced it will start producing energy efficient electric motors for heating and air conditioning units in its Searcy, Arkansas plant. This means 55 new green jobs for the small town.
Cell phone tech meets data centers: Data centers (aka server farms) suck up a lot of energy. Start-up Smooth-Stone thinks it can cut that power use by applying “low-power cell phone technology to servers…” A number of VCs think they can do it, and have provided $48 million in funding.

Kings of moonshine

Kings of moonshine

Since the time of its founding in the 1700s Brooklyn was home to thousands of distilleries, but not a single one remained after the prohibition era of the 1920s. Putting an end to that streak are Colin Spoelman and David Haskell of Williamsburg-based Kings County Distillery, purveyors of small, hand-crafted batches of bourbon and whiskey. Neither Colin nor David have any distillery experience – unless you count growing up in Kentucky or having a great-grandfather who made whiskey during prohibition – but that didn’t stop them from turning what began as a hobby into a business of their own.