1. Articles in category: Nuclear

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    1. Is Nuclear Green?

      A data center in Russia has some of the most impressive on-site power generation I ever heard of. it’s being built next to the Kalinin nuclear power plant near the town of Udomlya in the north of the country. The new 80MW data center is being built by state-owned energy firm Rosenergoatom, which owns Kalinin, and it will have preferential access to the plant’s output. Since Kalinin produces some 4GW of power, that should ensure energy security.

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    2. Renewable Energy and US Data Centers by David Chernicoff

      With the focus on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan the issue of renewable energy sources within the United States gets moved to the forefront of the energy discussion. With various presidential candidates pushing for a move to 100 percent renewable sources it is important to understand just what current levels of renewable resources are capable of providing.

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      Mentions: Apple Iceland Europe
    3. Data Center Power Purchasing: Don’t Be a Price Taker

      Data Center Power Purchasing: Don’t Be a Price Taker

      Most data center operators make power buying decisions 30 to 90 days before their current power contract expires, and that’s exactly the wrong thing to do, according to Cara Canovas, sales director at Noble Americas Energy Solutions. That’s the best way to become what she called a “price taker,” meaning you’ll be forced to agree to whatever the energy provider says the market price is at the moment, since you won’t have time to devise an intelligent power purchase strategy.

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    4. The amazing earth tube

      The amazing earth tube

      Geothermal energy isn't just about Iceland, volcanoes, lava and journeys to the centre of the earth. The vast majority of geothermal projects aren't about tapping the fiery, red-hot core of the earth, but about taking advantage of the relatively constant temperature of the ground below the frost line. The ground beneath our feet is as constant as death or taxes; it's almost always between four to six degrees Celsius.

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      Mentions: Iceland Europe LEED
    5. The Facebook effect - Part II

      The Facebook effect - Part II

      Yesterday FOCUS covered the business development efforts that attracted Facebook to Sweden and Facebook's use of, and challenges with, the local climate, from free cooling and rapid deployment. In our second instalment of our special on Facebook in Luleå, we look more closely at the use of the Rapid Deployment Data Center design for its second Luleå data center and its use of hydropower. 

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    6. Germany trades Nuclear for Coal, renewable energy is not a viable alternative

      Germany trades Nuclear for Coal, renewable energy is not a viable alternative

      Salon has an article on Germany's increase in Coal power production from 43% to 52% with the retirement of Nuclear Power. Germany’s clean energy plan backfired The nation's move away from nuclear power drove it right back to coal Environmental groups like Greenpeace can make all the noise they want, but the state of renewable energy and its costs are not there yet. 

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      Mentions: Greenpeace
    7. Why Software-Defined Data Centers Cost Much More Without Optimized Power and Cooling

      Why Software-Defined Data Centers Cost Much More Without Optimized Power and Cooling

      With all the talk of the software-defined everything, you can quickly get the impression that we have freed ourselves completely from the physical world. Indeed, software-defined servers, networks, and storage allow an unprecedented degree of flexibility, but the picture is still incomplete. To really conquer the challenges of reliability and optimization of resources, you have to add software-defined power and cooling to the mix. Without these capabilities, according to Clemens Pfeiffer, CTO of Power Assure, your software-defined data center has a good chance of running into any number of brick walls.

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    8. What's up with Small Nuclear Reactors?

      What's up with Small Nuclear Reactors?

      There are a fair amount of ex-nuclear sub staff who work in data centers.   It is possible the idea of a small nuclear plant could follow at some part far in the future.  MIT Review discusses the current state of small nuclear reactors. Nuclear option:Babcock & Wilcox’s proposed power plant is based on two small modular nuclear reactors. Small, modular nuclear reactor designs could be relatively cheap to build and safe to operate, and there’s plenty of corporate and government momentum behind a push to develop and license them. But will they be able to offer power cheap enough to compete with natural gas? And will they really help revive the moribund nuclear industry in the United States? Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would provide $452 million in grants to companies developing small modular reactors, provided the companies matched the funds (bringing ...

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    9. Britain Revives Regulation in a Push for Renewable Energy

      Britain Revives Regulation in a Push for Renewable Energy

      Britain is returning to a system of greater market intervention to fulfill what the government considers to be an imperative to reduce greenhouse gases.  

      The British government announced on Friday far-reaching changes in energy regulation intended to encourage development of renewable energy and nuclear power while ensuring that the country can still meet its electricity needs.

      The changes will gradually quadruple the charges levied on consumers and businesses to help support electricity generation from low-carbon sources, to a total of about £9.8 billion, or $15.7 billion, in the 2020-21 fiscal year, from £2.35 billion now.


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      Mentions: Greenpeace Europe
    10. Seattle's climate puts a chill into data centers

      Seattle's climate puts a chill into data centers

      Seattle may occasionally be associated with dreary weather, but it’s also known for its thriving tech industry and its forward-thinking efforts to cut carbon emissions, including a recent pledge to become North America’s first carbon-neutral city. We kept both of these characteristics in mind as we planned the design and buildout of our Seattle-area data center in the Sabey Campus of the high-tech Intergate East community. One of the main design elements that distinguishes our Sabey facility is

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    11. The Joy Of Green Energy: The Lights Go Out In 2015

      The Joy Of Green Energy: The Lights Go Out In 2015

      It's entirely possible to be convinced by the case about climate change and yet still believe that what we're doing about it is even worse than the original problem. It must be possible for that's the situation I find myself in. The latest little piece of news to underwrite this gloomy view is the news that the lights are likely to go out in my native UK, starting in only three year's time. Britain risks running out of energy generating capacity in the winter of 2015-16, according to the energy regulator Ofgem.

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    12. A wireless future where everything that computes is connected

      A wireless future where everything that computes is connected

      In his keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner said, "In the future, if it computes, it connects. From the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacenters, we're looking at techniques to allow all of them to connect without wires."

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    13. Vigilent Stays Watchful on Data Center Cooling

      Vigilent Stays Watchful on Data Center Cooling

      With energy costs rising, “green” efforts taking hold, and capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) under scrutiny, there is a growing need for tools that monitor and automatically adjust energy use in the data center.Vigilent, a growing company in the East Bay area of San Francisco, provides intelligent and automatic energy management to buildings and data centers. The company renamed itself in 2011, creating the moniker “Vigilent” from the common adjective “vigilent,” which means intelligently keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.

      The company was founded in 2004 as Federspiel Controls by Clifford Federspiel, who today is President and CTO. As Vigilent, the company continues to deploy its systems and technology and expand its customer base worldwide by helping building owners and data center operators optimize their cooling through its smart systems deployed in mostly mission critical facilities.

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    14. Apple's Cloud Technology Fueled by Coal

      Apple's Cloud Technology Fueled by Coal

      In the cloud, Apple is known as a gross polluter. And the other high-tech giants didn't fare much better. Greenpeace has issued a report on cloud technology energy use and named Apple as one of the study's worst polluters, with 55 percent of its data center power coming from coal plants and 27.8 percent from nuclear reactors. The environmental group scored the companies based on energy transparency, infrastructure siting, energy efficiency and renewables/advocacy. Apple earned a D- for its overall environmental score. Facebook received a C, namely because of little energy transparency, while Google fared a little better with a B average, largely because of its commitment to renewable energy.

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    15. Pictures: A Rare Look Inside China's Energy Machine

      Pictures: A Rare Look Inside China's Energy Machine

      A photographer gains an inside look at China’s massive power complex, and at efforts by the world’s largest energy consumer to spur cleaner future growth.

      China's energy use, production, and ambitions are best captured by superlatives: The country is the world's largest energy consumer, and leading source of greenhouse gas emissions.

      To power its tremendous economic growth, China has called on every fuel, every technology. It is the largest producer of coal and its greatest consumer, and yet China has more nuclear reactors under construction than any other nation. Its growing appetite for oil has kept gasoline prices high around the globe. And yet China's commitment to wind and solar power is so outsized that its young industries are now among the largest in the world.

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    16. Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.

      Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.
      Apple tills a solar farm to power its data center.ITworld.comAfter that, hardware elements will be added, including HP's POD with systems running AMD's Opteron server processors, which the chip maker said are designed for greater energy efficiency and cloud computing. This company, CG Tech Services, ...and more »
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