General Electric is sponsoring a crowdsourcing project intended to spur green innovation and generate ideas for smart-grid and renewable-energy technologies. Unfortunately, some of the ideas are just plain odd, writes Scott Cooney, principal of GreenBusinessOwner.com. For instance, one user wants to train blue whales to tow ocean freighters, and another argues that cars should be built with wind turbines mounted up front. But, Cooney notes, some of the ideas have merits.

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