1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. Clarifying the Renewable Energy Movement

      Clarifying the Renewable Energy Movement

      Large data companies have hopped on the renewable energy bandwagon in a big way. Whether it’s Apple or Microsoft, Google or Amazon, or newer cloud providers like Box, the drive to leverage alternate energy sources like wind and solar is at a fever pitch. Nevertheless, we need to be careful about describing exactly what is going on here, particularly when headlines start touting data facilities that are “100 percent powered by renewables.”

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    2. New Biogas rules in the Renewable Fuel Standards

      New Biogas rules in the Renewable Fuel Standards

      The EPA recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel. Biogas-derived Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) produced from landfills, municipal waste-water treatment facility digesters, agricultural digesters, and separated MSW digesters all now qualify under the RFS. 

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    3. Why Vendors, Not Users, Must Cut Phone Emissions

      Why Vendors, Not Users, Must Cut Phone Emissions

      Turning off your phone charger is a good thing. But it turns out the people who can really reduce the emissions from mobile devices are the manufacturers. And eventually, data center owners will be involved. By 2019, people charging their phones will be responsible for around 13 Megatonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to a report from Juniper Research. That sounds a lot, and it is indeed the same as the current carbon footprint of a smallish country, say Jamaica or Macedonia. But it’s around zero percent of humanity’s total greenhouse emissions. So who cares?

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    4. Huge power company Exelon to finance Bloom Energy fuel cell projects

      Huge power company Exelon to finance Bloom Energy fuel cell projects

      Fuel cell maker Bloom Energy announced an important financing deal early Tuesday morning with one of the largest power companies in the U.S. Exelon plans to fund the deployment of 21 MW worth of Bloom Energy fuel cells — which is over 100 individual fuel cell units — for two customers across 75 commercial locations. While the deal isn’t that large in terms of units, it’s interesting because it shows how Bloom Energy’s fuel cells are becoming more bankable and more compelling to power companies interested in a distributed clean power option.

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    5. GE Claims Fuel Cell Breakthrough, Starts Pilot Production

      GE Claims Fuel Cell Breakthrough, Starts Pilot Production

      General Electric has developed a way to convert natural gas using a combination of fuel cell and an engine, an approach it hopes will finally result in broad adoption of stationary fuel cells. The industrial giant's research arm on Tuesday disclosed details on its solid-oxide fuel cell research efforts and said it has started a pilot line at a factory in upstate New York to manufacture the generators. As first reported here last year, GE has achieved relatively high efficiency by coupling two generators and hopes to bring down costs by using cheaper materials.

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    6. GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

      GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

      Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale.

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    7. GE Claims Breakthrough in Fuel-Cell Tech, Launches Fuel-Cell Subsidiary

      GE Claims Breakthrough in Fuel-Cell Tech, Launches Fuel-Cell Subsidiary

      General Electric unveiled a fuel-cell subsidiary called GE Fuel Cells and said it was building a new fuel-cell manufacturing plant in upstate New York. Fuel cells use natural gas or biogas to generate electricity and have seen some adoption in the data center space.

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    8. Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Batteries Will Eliminate Power

      Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Batteries Will Eliminate Power

      General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.

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    9. GE's got a new in-house fuel cell startup

      GE's got a new in-house fuel cell startup

      GE is using an innovation for manufacturing fuel cell technology as the backbone to launch an independent startup within the conglomerate, the head of the group, Johanna Wellington, told me in an interview on Monday. The 17-person GE team is now in the process of working on scaling up the fuel cell tech as well as the pilot production line, and plans to commercialize the product as early as 2017.

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      Mentions: Bloom Energy
    10. Microsoft steps closer to a greener footprint

      Microsoft steps closer to a greener footprint

      Software giant Microsoft is taking a step closer to becoming greener with its latest purchase of the 175 MW Pilot Hill Wind Project wind farm in Illinois. Robert Bernard announced the 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewable Energy on Microsoft’s Green Blog and said it will be funded in part by its proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee – which it announced in 2012.

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    11. Microsoft's unconventional approach to fuel-cell tech in data centers lowers PUE

      Microsoft's unconventional approach to fuel-cell tech in data centers lowers PUE

      Fuel-cell technology might be the answer to electrical-power issues looming large on the horizon; there are companies working hard, and spending huge sums of money, trying to make it so. Apple and eBay are already online using Bloom fuel-cell technology similar to the fuel-cell servers ...

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      Mentions: Apple Facebook eBay
    12. Apple invests in solar energy system in North Carolina

      Apple invests in solar energy system in North Carolina

      Apple has unveiled plans to invest some $55 million in the development of a solar energy system in North Carolina. The solar farm is expected to span 100 acres of land and produce electrical power that Apple will use to power one of its largest data centers, which is located in the same state. Apple has been growing more aggressive with its investments in renewable energy in recent years, hopping to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable in the future.

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      Mentions: Apple Google Facebook
    13. Gm, Hp, Walmart and others demand simpler buying of renewables

      Gm, Hp, Walmart and others demand simpler buying of renewables

      A blue-chip group of companies is today announcing a set of principles aimed at making it easier for companies to buy more renewable energy. It aims to solve what has become a vexing problem for companies seeking to increase their clean-energy purchases: moving utilities and other energy providers to make clean power more widely.

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      Mentions: Apple Intel Google
    14. Sixty years after birth, it’s time for solar cells to get serious

      Sixty years after birth, it’s time for solar cells to get serious

      If solar panels were people, they could start signing up for AARP memberships. This year the commercial solar photovoltaic industry is celebrating its 60th birthday, after having been kicked off in 1954 by Bell Labs. The birthday celebration was an oft-mentioned topic during the first day of one of the largest solar conferences in the U.S. on Monday in San Francisco. It’s the seventh year of the Intersolar North America conference, and this year the event is expected to bring in 27,000 attendees and exhibitors.

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    15. Microsoft begins research project aimed at hydrogen fuel cells

      Microsoft begins research project aimed at hydrogen fuel cells

      Microsoft has launched a new research project aimed at exploring the use of fuel cells in date centers. These fuel cells would power the data centers, making them less of an energy burden on power grids and also making them more environmentally friendly. Microsoft believes that fuel cell technology will change the way data centers are powered, especially as the energy structure of much of the world begins to change.

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    16. Microsoft and Partners Get $5M in Federal Funding for Fuel Cell Research

      Microsoft and Partners Get $5M in Federal Funding for Fuel Cell Research

      Microsoft has taken on yet another research project exploring the use of fuel cells installed directly in data center IT racks. The company believes fuel cells will eventually revolutionize data center power and the energy industry in general. This time, Microsoft has partnered with two vendors and a university on a project that received $5 million in funding from the U.S. government.

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