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Published on February 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Other Cleantech News of the Last Week (or So)

February 5th, 2011 by  

Along with earlier wrap-ups of cleantech politics news and solar and wind energy news, here’s a wrap-up of some other cleantech news of the past week or so.

Cleantech a Major Reason Why Siemens is Making So Much Money

Siemens has beating analysts’ projections of how much money they are going to make and is rolling in the dough. A big reason for that is its focus on cleantech such as clean energy and high-speed rail. Siemens is also reportedly planning to raise R&D research to record levels in 2011 to “harness clean-energy demand.”

World’s First Biodegradable Mouse

Fujitsu recently released what it termed the world’s first biodegradable and even the world’s first “green” computer mouse. Need a new mouse? Skip the plastic — go biodegradable.

Electric Vehicles to Get Louder?

A plus and a minus of electric vehicles is that they are extremely quiet. Why is this a minus? Because it can be dangerous for pedestrians, especially the visually impaired. There’s a push now to find ways of protecting pedestrians from these silent, green vehicles. Timothy Hurst of ecopolitology has more:

The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to study and establish a motor vehicle safety standard that provides for a means of alerting blind and other pedestrians of motor vehicle operation.

What’s the Next Big CleanTech Thing in Europe?

This is the question. And there are a number in Europe invested in finding the answer:

Some of Europe’s leading venture capitalists have this week called on clean tech start ups from across the continent to submit applications for the chance to pitch to leading green investors.

The European Tech Tour Association, a not-for-profit organisation designed to promote emerging technologies, will this summer host its annual Clean Tech Summit in Geneva and is looking to name Europe’s top 25 clean tech firms.

Sony and WWF Announce Final Open Planet Ideas Winner

Here’s the news on this interesting project from WWF:

After three months of conceptualization, collaboration and evaluation, Sony and WWF have today announced that the GreenBook concept by Paul Frigout has been selected as the final concept to be taken through to realisation from the innovative community platform, Open Planet Ideas.

Reinventing community activism to attract the Facebook generation, ‘GreenBook’ is a cross platform software application. Geo-location and social gaming techniques are used to create a new method of informal, ‘flash mob’ volunteering, where friends locate each other and congregate to work together on short tasks. Individuals can post their needs and offer their services, as well as make donations, sign e-petitions, get information, win rewards for participation and share their stories.

New Computer Technology to “Revolutionize” Computer Memory and Green Data Centers?

Sounds good, yeah? Here’s some detail from BusinessGreen:

Scientists in the US have hailed a new “unified” computer memory as a “revolutionary” device to boost the energy efficiency of large-scale server farms and personal computers.

Researchers from North Carolina State University revealed a new memory device that merges slow and fast memory systems in February’s edition of Computer magazine.

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