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Copenhagen Climate Talks Spawn Flurry of Positive Green Tech Activity

This week's International climate treaty talks in Copenhagen, Denmark have seemingly spawned a flurry of activity in the green technology arena.

As CNET's Martin LaMonica reports, the U.S. Patent Office has introduced a pilot program designed to shorten the approval process for green-related technologies by as much as a year. The current process can take more than three years from receipt to approval. This is potentially huge for the advent of environmentally-friendly technologies, whose creators will now be able to move from planning to finding investors much sooner.

The Department of energy announced on Monday that it plans to issue $100 million in ARPA-E energy technology research grants from the stimulus money that it just received. The grants are available for application now.

Ocean Power Technologies has signed a contract allowing them to begin a project to build what will be the United States' first wave power station. The station will be located just off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon and is set to deploy in a year.

EGen, LLC has just announced the development of a new hydro-power technology that can be used to harvest energy from extremely slow moving fluids (as slow as 1ft/sec) like those of rivers or pipelines and sewers. EGen claims that that their design is totally non-disruptive to local ecosystems.

This is all exciting stuff for everyone, green fanatic or not.


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