Clean Tech News Briefs November 22, 2011

EarthTechling looks at a lot of interesting clean tech news daily as we consider what items to have our staff write about. Here are some green tech news gems we found while researching online you might consider reading more on in today’s Clean Tech News Briefs.

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Korea finally taps into offshore wind. Three South Korean energy companies, led by Korea Electric Power, announced that they will be heading a project to construct a three-phase offshore wind farm off the country’s coast, reports Cleantechnica.

Rocking out for solar. The Times of India talks about the upcoming performance in Srinagar of Solar Punch, a New York-based rock band powered by solar energy, that aims to spread awareness of environmentalism and clean energy.

Solar power…in space! The International Academy of Astronautics, based in Paris, stated that orbiting solar plants are “technically feasible” as a cost-effective way to harness the sun’s power, says Reuters.

Are smart meters a smart choice? States are considering the pros and cons of implementing smart meters into their power grids, says the Associated Press, taking into consideration everything from saving money to privacy concerns.

A battery-powered building for California. SmartPlanet has the scoop on the University of California’s new battery-powered Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, which collects solar energy to power its 1.1 million megawatt lithium-ion battery system.

What’s lurking in your EV. Electric vehicles, as well as a host of other electronic devices and clean tech items, are usually composed in part of rare earth elements. Mother Jones talks about why the rare-earths trade, if picked up by the US, could spell big things for our economy.

Geothermal for Palestine. Aljazeera reports on the first geothermal energy project in Palestine, and how having a clean and cheap source of energy could, in the future, lead to more autonomy for the Palestinian people.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.