Conflict minerals continue to fuel violence in central Africa, but e-gear manufacturers are making progress. Intel and HP were the leaders in 2012 ratings, which showed most manufactures had improved. Here is the latest of a series of 2014 updates, reporting progress by Apple.
Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.
Norway's Fjord IT is another example of ICT facilities looking to local climate to boost sustainability. The company cites "...the cold and stable climate in Norway, development of a passive cooling solution, hydro-power.." as location-specific advantages. Combined with energy-efficient gear, the company claims this "...allows us to operate with close to zero carbon footprint...and a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) lower than 1.05." Fjord IT's partner Pivotal adds that appreciation for Norway's advantages "...led [Fjord IT CEO Helge] Gallefoss to patent a passive cooling technology that reduces power usage by as much as 50% [and to utilize] Norway’s power grid [which] produces 99% of its energy from hydropower..."
Fuel cells, including those powered by biogas, are a growing part of sustainable ICT infrastructures.
We have been tracking the adoption of the Bloom Energy Server for ICT over the past three years. We've noted Bharti Infratel's use of fuel cells to replace diesel generators at off-grid telecom sites India. Here are more products and deployments; the most recent post is about Nokia's fuel cell technology.
We estimate that in 2014 that 19 billion devices were attached to our global ICT infrastructure. We recently saw an estimate of 50 billion for 2020. What would the path to 50 billion connected devices look like?
Updates from the Americas (ex-US). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.
The DatacenterDynamics Awards for Europe-Middle East-Africa, Asia-Pacific, and North America all feature a Green Data Center category and we've drawn from the winners for posts over the years. The Latin American and Brazilian awards do not have this category. Does this reflect the lack of Green ICT progress in the region? We've reached out to the DatacenterDynamics folks about why no Green Data Center awards for region.
We were cited in Drake University's May 2014 Think Mag article Feeling Lucky? Google is redefining sustainability one click at a time.
There is a rich global mix of advanced concepts and technologies emerging from research labs that may improve the future sustainability of ICT equipment and infrastructures. We'll regularly update this post with technologies to watch. (You can see all the technologies which hold the promise of greener ICT in the future by clicking the 'FutureTech' tag, above.) Our latest posts span research into multiferroic materials to reduce device waste heat to new software to make cloud computing more efficient. (And don't miss research into using human urine to power a mobile device.)
Most Green ICT attention focuses on the datacenter. Five years of work consistently holds that datacenters represent a minority of total ICT energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Mobile devices and web services are growing cloud computing at a dizzying pace. How clean are these clouds? We've been tracking this issue since 2010. Here are our latest updates.
Mobile devices replace the storage capacity and I/O options laptops with a host of cloud services. We first saw this when iPhone users began placing unprecedented demands on the cloud in 2009. Statistics compiled since then reveal the the amazing growth and scope of this demand. This only increases the urgency for cloud providers go green.