EarthTechling report: small wind, luxury solar camping and more
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Editor's note: Starting this week, we're bringing you a weekly roundup of stories from our friends over at Portland-based EarthTechling.
What's popular on EarthTechling? Small-scale wind turbines, luxurious solar camping, and one trippy wind map. Check it out:
1. Portable Turbine: Wind Power at a Human Scale — The Savannius wind turbine may be small, standing at only about 15 feet, but it might just have a big impact on energy awareness. Due to its small stature, this turbine is designed for use at outdoor events like concerts or fairs, and can be broken down and packed up when no longer needed, all while providing people with education and a first-hand look at how wind power works.
2. Fisker Atlantic Plug-In Hybrid Unveiled as Challenges Mount — Fisker Automotive unveils the Atlantic, a plug-in hybrid sedan with the option of switching back and forth from gasoline to the electrical energy stored in its lithium ion batteries either manually or automatically, saving gas while quelling consumers' fears about range limits in EVs. However, Fisker has been facing issues of layoffs, loan challenges and poor reviews, which may impact production and sales of the Atlantic.
3. Is PV Truly Green? Hell, Yes, Report Says — A new study examines the environmental impacts of PV manufacturing, and while there are some shortcomings in the PV industry, such as the process of making silicon wafers and toxic materials in the panels themselves, it appears that making PVs is, in fact, pretty darn green. In addition to making the panels, the report also looks at green business practices, recycling programs, and community outreach programs in various solar companies.
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