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    1. Can Iceland's Renewables Power the Web?

      Can Iceland's Renewables Power the Web?
      Iceland is working to tip the scales toward renewable energy in a world where most computing needs are powered by coal. The familiar fuss is that fossil fuels make the most business sense for computing. Data centers -- the big warehouses full of servers that process all our Googling, emailing, online banking and so forth -- are situated in areas that have easy access to cheap energy. [More]
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    2. Green with Envy: Creating a Green Data Center

      Green with Envy: Creating a Green Data Center
      The world’s most advanced and sought after data centers not only have to guarantee optimal space, security, power and connectivity but also ensure far superior environmental performance than their predecessors. In the face of an increasingly arduous regulatory landscape, a worldwide financial crisis prompting companies to do more with less, and operators under pressure to deliver optimized energy environments to satisfy demanding environmental expectations from customers, what steps can next-generation data centers take to ensure they benefit from a green infrastructure? The following article offers practical considerations and tips for meeting the standards of today’s sustainable data center.
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    3. Waste Heat From Disney Data Centre Warms District

      Waste Heat From Disney Data Centre Warms District
      Disney has provided a peak “behind the magic”, at least in how its data centres will turn heat into energy Disneyland Paris is partnering with French energy provider Dalkia to showcase a green way to turn waste heat from its data centres into heating and hot water at a business park. Dalkia revealed that it will soon open its first district heating network in the Val d’Europe business park in Marne-la-Vallée near Paris. A BBC video of the building of the greenfield business park, which is mostly reportedly owned by Eurodisney, the operator of Disneyland Paris, can be found here. This district-wide heating network will be fuelled by energy recovered from a 8,000 square metre data centre on the site.
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    4. Carbon-neutral data center powered by renewable energy, cooled by Iceland's chilly climate

      Carbon-neutral data center powered by renewable energy, cooled by Iceland's chilly climate
      Building a data center that minimizes use of fossil fuels is one of the gargantuan tasks facing the IT industry, yet at least one company has a simple solution: move to Iceland. With cooling freely provided by nature and access to both geothermal and hydroelectric energy, the UK-based co-location vendor Verne Global says it is on the verge of opening a “100% carbon neutral” data center before ...
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    5. What it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the US

      What it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the US
      The IndypendentWhat it Will Take to Make Renewable Energy a Reality in the USThe IndypendentStill, its main initiative on global warming has been an unsuccessful attempt to enact a “cap and trade” system–essentially, “in exchange for being allowed to operate a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee, we'll buy a forest in Brazil and not cut it ...and more »
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    6. Energy Demand Is Expected to Rise 53% by 2035

      Energy Demand Is Expected to Rise 53% by 2035
      Global energy demand will increase 53 percent from 2008 through 2035, with China and India accounting for half of the growth, the United States Department of Energy said on Monday. A blog about energy and the environment. Go to Blog » Add to Portfolio NDB Energy Inc Go to your Portfolio » China and India will consume 31 percent of the world’s energy by 2035, up from 21 percent in 2008, the department’s International Energy Outlook projected. In 2035, Chinese energy demand will exceed that of the United States by 68 percent, it said. “Economic growth continues to look good in emerging nations,” Howard K. Gruenspecht, acting administrator of the Energy Information Administration, said on Monday at a briefing in Washington.
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    7. Google reveals electricity use, aims for a third clean power by 2012

      Google reveals electricity use, aims for a third clean power by 2012
      In a new green-focused website, Google has just revealed its total electricity use publicly for the first time and says it plans to have about a third of the electricity it consumes be sourced directly from clean power by 2012. Google hadn’t been willing to disclose its electricity consumption before, citing competitive reasons, and if you remember earlier this year Greenpeace gave Google an “F’ for transparency. Google’s new transparency about its electricity consumption and carbon footprint is part of a new trend of data center operators sharing energy efficiency tools and methodologies. Facebook launched its Open Compute program earlier this year, revealing its energy-efficient server and data center designs. Google has also been willing to share its green data center best practices and has held annual summits on green data centers, but the electricity number took longer in coming. But as Rick Needham, Google’s green business ...
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    8. ClearEdge Power to make fuel cell for data centers

      ClearEdge Power to make fuel cell for data centers
      ClearEdge Power is making what it hopes is the Goldilocks of fuel cells, a power source big enough for a business or school but less expensive than larger, high-end models. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based company today said it has raised $73.5 million from institutional investors as well as Austrian energy supplier Gussing Renewable Energy and utility Southern California Edison. ClearEdge Power's fuel cell delivers 5 kilowatts of electric power and the equivalent of 5.8 kilowatts of heat. (Credit: ClearEdge Power) The series E round will be used to expand to the east coast U.S. and internationally, including into central Europe. The company also intends to expand its product line with a fuel cell designed specifically for data centers, a product which is being now tested with customers, according to CEO Russell Ford. The data center fuel cell will provide power at about half the cost of ...
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    9. Quake in Japan Is Causing a Costly Shift to Fossil Fuels

      Quake in Japan Is Causing a Costly Shift to Fossil Fuels
      The half-century-old, oil-fueled power generators here had been idle for more than a year when, a day after the nuclear accident in March, orders came from Tokyo Electric Power headquarters to fire them up. “They asked me how long it would take,” said Masatake Koseki, head of the Yokosuka plant, which is 40 miles south of Tokyo and run by Tokyo Electric. “The facilities are old, so I told them six months. But they said, ‘No, you must ready them by summer to prepare for an energy shortage.’ ” Now, at summer’s peak, Yokosuka’s two fuel-oil and two gas turbines are cranking out a total of 900,000 kilowatts of electricity a day — and an abundance of fumes. The generators are helping to replace the 400 million kilowatt-hours of daily electricity production lost this summer because of the shutdown of all but 15 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors ...
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    10. Bloom Energy to power data center with biogas

      Bloom Energy to power data center with biogas
      NTT America soon will be able to claim a data center that runs on biogas. The Japanese telecommunications company today said it will install five Bloom Energy fuel cells in its California data center that will use biogas as a fuel. It's a sign of the growing interest in cleaner fuel cell technology, which proponents say will increasingly be adapted for residential customers. The fuel cells will be able to generate 500 kilowatts of power, which is enough for about 500 U.S. homes. At the data center, they will generate 4.2 million kilowatt-hours per year and reduce NTT America's carbon dioxide emissions by 1.6 million pounds. Utilities in California offer the option of purchasing biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide captured from dairy farms. The Bloom Energy "servers" are designed to run on natural gas, which is mostly methane, but will also convert ...
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    11. The Fall and Rise of the Carbon Coalition

      The Fall and Rise of the Carbon Coalition
      Since the Kyoto Protocol was developed in 1997, an unlikely new global partnership of bankers and environmentalists has emerged. I call it the Carbon Coalition, and while it seems like a very 21st century development, I actually trace its emergence back to the arrival of Reaganism in the 1980s. Under Ronald Reagan, Americans began to see the market itself as a potential tool of government, something politicans could work with, rather than simply against (on the left) or for (on the right). With this shift, Reagan made it possible for Democrats, and their traditional constituencies, to change: It's safe to say that it was Reagan who begat Bill Clinton, who then begat Tony Blair. For better or worse, the political right, through success, made the left become more attendant to the values of market capitalism. This affected everyone in the Democrats' tent, including environmentalists.
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    12. The Trigeneration Data Center: What Is It?

      The Trigeneration Data Center: What Is It?
      Last week, the Data Center Journal (“Should I Be Generating My Own Power for My Data Center?”) discussed the possibility of data centers generating their own power—a strategy that involves greater capital costs but that can also yield tremendous benefits in terms of power quality and freedom from the vagaries of the power grid. For data centers that elect to generate some or all of their own power for operations, trigeneration offers a way to stretch fuel costs even further. Needless to say, implementing trigeneration infrastructure involves initial capital costs, but with energy prices continually rising, a properly planned and implemented trigeneration scheme can quickly provide a return on this investment. Trigeneration: What Is It? When a fuel such as natural gas or coal is burned, the result is heat energy and waste materials (gases such as carbon dioxide, for instance).
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    13. AT&T signs up for 11 fuel cell Bloom boxes

      AT&T signs up for 11 fuel cell Bloom boxes
      Bloom Energy and telecom giant AT&T said today that the clean-tech start-up would install its fuel cell-powered Energy Servers--known colloquially as "Bloom boxes"--at 11 facilities in California. The AT&T facilities include sites in Corona, Fontana, Hayward, Pasadena, Redwood City, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and San Ramon. The units are expected to provide 7.5 megawatts of energy for AT&T, reducing its carbon emissions footprint for the facilities involved by half, or about 250 million pounds of CO2 per year.
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    14. Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes Certification

      Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes Certification
      Internap Has First Public Data Center to Achieve Green Globes CertificationGreen Building Elements (blog)Internap also tackled the difficult problem of energy efficiency in their data center, as most data centers require a very high level of energy to operate. The Energy Star Target Finder tool, which calculates the use of energy in a facility, ...and more »
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    15. Tangled Worldwide Web for online pollution

      Tangled Worldwide Web for online pollution
      If the Internet was a country, it would be the planet's fifth-biggest consumer of power, ahead of India and Germany. The Internet's power needs now rival those of the aviation industry and are expected to nearly double by 2020. "The Internet pollutes, but people don't understand why it pollutes. It's very, very power-hungry, and we have to reduce its carbon footprint," said Mohamed Cheriet, a green IT expert and professor in the engineering and automation department at Montreal's Ecole de Technologie Superieure. The bulk of all this energy is gobbled up by a fast-growing network of huge "server farms" or data centres that form the backbone of the Internet. They are hush-hush facilities, some the size of five Wal-Marts, packed from floor to ceiling with tens of thousands of computers.
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    16. Dirty data: The Internet's giant carbon footprint

      Dirty data: The Internet's giant carbon footprint
      It’s Saturday night, and you want to catch the latest summer blockbuster. You do a quick Google search to find the venue and right time, and off you go to enjoy some mindless fun. Meanwhile, your Internet search has just helped kill the planet. Depending on how long you took and what sites you visited, your search caused the emission of one to 10 grams of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Sure, it’s not a lot on its own – but add up all of the more than one billion daily Google searches, throw in 60 million Facebook status updates each day, 50 million daily tweets and 250 billion emails per day, and you’re seriously helping to melt some Greenland glaciers.
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    17. Adopt 'right balance' for green clouds

      Adopt 'right balance' for green clouds
      Cloud computing service providers should look into having a "right balance" approach in giving their data centers a green makeover by redesigning it to include eco-friendly energy sources and educating employees on the benefits of reducing their carbon footprint, an analyst urged. Philip Carter, associate vice president of green IT and sustainability at IDC Asia-Pacific's practice group, said that there are several aspects toward moving a green cloud computing service. Internally, these aspects include designing the data center to utilize renewable energy sources, implement ongoing monitoring of the energy efficiency such as the PUE (power usage effectiveness) ratio, and ensuring organizational alignment in which employees are aware and educated on the company's green initiatives and technologies, he explained in his e-mail.
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    18. U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power

      U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power
      The European Union will consider whether a massive wave energy project from Scotland should receive a piece of a renewable-energy and carbon reduction project fund that could total billions of euros. The Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource (POWER) project was nominated this week by the U.K. government for the NER300, a fund managed jointly by the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and member states that's named after the 300 million carbon "allowances" being sold to raise the funds. If approved, funded, and built, the wave energy farm would be the largest grid-connected wave energy farm in the world, according to the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. The POWER project as currently proposed would place 24 wave energy converters from Pelamis Wave Power and 10 Oyster 3 wave energy converters from Aquamarine Power in the Orkneys off the coast of Scotland. They would tie in to the Scottish electric ...
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    19. Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center

      Facebook Turns to Smart Lighting for Data Center
      Facebook’s new data center in Oregon has gotten its fair share of attention, both for Facebook’s decision to open up the energy-efficient design, and also for Greenpeace’s campaign to try to convince Facebook to stop powering it with coal. But here’s another reason to recognize the data center: Facebook has installed a smart lighting system courtesy of startup Redwood Systems. Sam Klepper, Chief Marketing Officer for Redwood Systems, tells me Facebook is currently using Redwood System’s technology to control over 1,000 lights in Facebook’s data center in Oregon, and Facebook plans to add the lighting system to the rest of the buildings at the Oregon data center shortly.
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    20. Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out

      Facebook Data Centre Strategist Logging Out
      Jonathan Heiliger, instigator of Facebook’s green data centre initiative, is leaving at the end of summer Jonathan Heiliger, the architect of Facebook’s data centre strategy and its move to greener operations, is leaving the company at the end of summer. He has been vice president of technical operations with the company for four years and joined when the company had under 100 million users. During his tenure he has managed the rapid growth which now has to accommodate up to 700 million active users per month.
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