Along with teleporting technology, electronic eyes, and HIV immunization, a handful of green innovations that could change the way we eat, heat, and drive made Time magazine’s 2009 list of best inventions, released today.
Coming in at number two: Tank-bred southern bluefin tuna that successfully spawned in Port Lincoln, Australia. Southern bluefin, sought after for sushi and sashimi, have been dangerously overfished. A tank harvest could relieve pressure on threatened wild populations of the species, which has declined by nearly 90 percent since population estimates were first made decades ago.
Making the list at number 13 is the Powerhouse Solar Shingle, produced by Dow Chemical Co. The shingles serve as roofing and solar panels that are expected to cost up to 15 percent less than traditional solar roof installations.
Time‘s number 36 is meat farming, the promise of which is brought to us by Dutch scientists who are coming close to growing muscle (meat) from pig stem cells.
And some of Time‘s picks had legs before 2009, but are worth mentioning for the amount of energy and money they can save:
Number 25: The Nissan Leaf–what manufacturers and some experts are calling the first electric car for the masses. Production is scheduled to start in the fall of 2010.
Number 31: “The Living Wall,” an eight-story botanical installation with nearly 260 species on the exterior of London’s Athenaeum Hotel. Using plants to cover exterior walls has been known to help reduce heating and cooling costs.
And Number 34: The human-powered vending machine.