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Fuel Cells Green ICT Infrastructures Worldwide

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.

50 Billion Connected Devices by 2020?

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?

Global Green ICT Update: Americas

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.

2014

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.

Cited in Drake University Magazine

We were cited in Drake University's May 2014 Think Mag article Feeling Lucky? Google is redefining sustainability one click at a time.

Technologies for the Future of Green ICT

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.)

Data Centers Not Largest Locus of ICT Energy or Emissions

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.

How Brown is the Cloud? Consumer Mega Datacenters Mixed on Renewable Energy

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 Are Driving the Cloud's Growth

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.

Facility Lighting Is An Energy Reduction Target

Equipment and cooling are the two big targets for reducing energy consumption in ICT facilities. Operators who really want to drive PUE have to look at all areas of consumption and facility lighting is no exception. Lighting consumes energy directly and produces ambient heat that also increases the cooling load. Here's a look at what facility designers and operators are doing.

E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident 30 years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atarihad millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games to dispose of. Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. We keep updating this post - this is a story that will not die!

Update - And die it did not!. Here is a video of announcing the April 2014 uncovering of Atari's long-buried e-waste.

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