Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
This week Inhabitat showcased the best and brightest new developments from the world of clean tech. Stanford opened up new horizons for renewable energy as they unveiled a solar technology that can harvest electricity from both heat and light
-- a significant improvement over photovoltaics, whose efficiency wilts in the sun. We also looked at Pocono Raceway
, the recently-crowned world's largest solar-powered sports facility, and an innovative new type of "Wind Lens" turbine
that could increase energy generation by a magnitude of three times.
We also saw green tech take to the skies as Boeing unveiled a super-efficient airplane that could cut fuel consumption by 70%
and scientists floated a plan to create gigantic orbiting balloons
that could solve our space junk problem. It was a big week for alternative autos as well -- Paris announced that it will be launching its Autolib electric car sharing program
next year, and a poo-powered VW Bug
burned... rubber on the streets of Bristol.
In other news, we showcased an ultra-efficient Danish home
that produces more energy than it needs. Future-forward biotech couture was a hot topic as well as scientists found a way to produce spider silk from metabolically engineered bacteria
. And we couldn't help but want to share these adorable and amazingly detailed little LEGO CubeDudes created by PIXAR animator Angus MacLane