Wondering how to lower your office’s carbon footprint during the hot summer months? Why not try some Green Curtains? Each spring since 2007, electronics maker Kyocera plants goya — aka Momordica charantia or bitter melon — on trellises in front of windows and walls to provide shade at its facilities in Japan and in other [...]
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On my way home I passed a Fresh Direct truck. For years, I’ve considered it an extravagance. In my area there are a couple of supermarkets, dozens of smaller shops and a Target, all within a short drive. How lazy could my neighbors be?! It turns out, they were the smart ones. As this story over [...]
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Happy Earth Day! Things have been kinda slow around here, mostly due to my commitments over at sites like eWEEK and Datamation and an ongoing (if glacially paced) upgrade to this blog. But it’s Earth Day, and it would be criminal for this Green IT blogger to not chime in. This year, as we face [...]
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Green energy companies came so close to reaching a significant milestone last year. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, 49.1 percent of all the new electrical power stations installed in 2012 relied on renewables. According to this article in Renewable Energy World, the total was 12,956 MW. December was a big month. [...]
Read more FREC: Renewables nearly half of all new US electrical capacity in 2012
When will servers powered by Calxeda’s ARM-based EnergyCore SoC finally start to appear in data center racks? Soon, according to Karl Freund, the vice president of marketing for the technology startup. But you may not even realize it, and that suits the company just fine, at least in the near term. In a few short years, Calxeda [...]
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ARM is getting a lot of attention lately. The chip designer, whose energy efficient processor technology powers the vast majority of the world’s smartphones and tablets, is benefiting greatly from the popularity of the iPad and other ARM-based devices. Even Microsoft, a long-time x86 devotee, has jumped on the ARM bandwagon for its Windows RT operating system [...]
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Cloud services providers are making enormous strides in data center efficiency. Take, for instance, Microsoft. “Today, Microsoft delivers more than 200 online services to 1+ billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 76 markets worldwide,” posts Brian Janous, Utility Architect, Data Center Advanced Development, at the Microsoft Global Foundations Services Blog. And that takes a lot of [...]
Read more Despite green advances, cloud data centers dogged by dirty diesel
Warmth and water… Two things that don’t fit the brisk and bone dry image of a data center. But the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with HP and Intel, are blazing new trails in IT efficiency with a novel data center cooling system based on warm water for a new high-performance computing (HPC) site [...]
Read more Getting warmer… DoE’s data center cooling secret revealed