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 we saw renewable energy take the world by storm as Spain announced plans to construct the world's largest wind turbine
and a team of engineers made waves with plans for an underwater turbine modeled after whale flippers
. We also saw Boeing shine light on plans to produce a new breed of ultra-efficient solar panels
that are suited for space, while researchers in Japan developed a potent new kinetic generator that's as tiny as a pencil tip
Innovative eco transportation also picked up the pace as China rolled out plans to produce the first fuel cell powered light rail train
and the world's largest solar-powered boat made its successful maiden voyage across the Atlantic
. We also applauded the Nissan Leaf as it took first place as the European Car of the Year
and we were wowed by Mercedes' next-generation concept car
, which may one day be grown in a lab.
We also showcased several new ways that technology stands to wire our lives -- starting with an electronic smart wallet that curbs spending by clamping shut like a clam
. We also looked at Harvard's plans for a laptop computer powered by biogas
and we were impressed by Nike's next-gen design tools for producing environmentally efficient clothes
. Finally, we wrapped up the week with two exciting advances in tablet tech - India is testing a solar-powered I-Slate tablet geared at children in need
and Substrata rolled out a gorgeous wooden iPad case that goes light on the earth