Popular Science's Best of What's New 2007 is heavy on the green

Popular Science magazine recently released its “Best of What’s New 2007”. While green tech has its own separate category, many winners in other categories definitely had a green tinge as well. Here are a few:

Automotive

Chevy Volt

Chevrolet Volt Concept: The plug-in revolution is coming
Electric hybrid that “will manage a 40-mile round trip on electricity alone”.

Honda i-DTEC Diesel: Green[er] diesel without the upkeep (I had to add the “er” in there)

Honda’s new Intelligent Diesel Technology (i-DTEC) engine will be the first diesel that meets toughened 2009 emission standards in all 50 states without carrying urea, saving you that extra annual trip to the dealer.

Engineering

SunPower Tracker: The most efficient solar panels in the world

This year, SunPower installed 70,000 solar panels, producing 15 megawatts over 140 acres, at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the largest installation in North America. About a quarter of those panels will use SunPower’s new solar cells to convert the sun’s rays into electricity at 22 percent efficiency, the highest of any commercial solar cells yet.

Marine Current Turbines SeaGen: Making energy while sparing dolphins

The blades of the first commercial tidal stream turbine, the 134-foot-tall SeaGen will spin about 12 times per minute—too slow to injure passing sea life—and churn out 1.2 megawatts, enough to power 1,000 houses. The first turbine should go online this month in the Strangford Narrows near the coast of Northern Ireland.

Home Tech

NatureMill Automatic Composter: Indoor compost without the odor

After a year of stinking up his kitchen, Russ Cohn finally figured out how to turn trash into fertilizer without the rotting stench. His NatureMill pumps fresh air into a basket that rotates organic waste at evenly timed intervals while maintaining a temperature of 140ºF. The heat, air and agitation destroy the compost-munching microbes responsible for emitting stinky methane.

For a lot less than the $300 that this composter will cost you, let Martha Stewart show you the way.

via EcoGeek

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