Most data centers are energy hogs

Bad news. While tech giants boast super-low power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratings, most corporate data centers aren’t following suit. A recent eWEEK article by Scot Petersen, a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investment, noted that while Google and Facebook are edging ever closer to a coveted 1.0 PUE score — the closer to 1.0 the […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 23, 2015 · 0 comments

Used Chevy Volt batteries provide backup power for GM data center

General Motors (GM) is recycling used Chevy Volt batteries and putting them to good use by providing renewables-sourced power for the company’s new data center at its Milford Proving Ground. GM’s June 16 press release explains: Because the Volt typically draws its power from a band of energy in the battery pack, there is a lot […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 19, 2015 · 0 comments

Amazon looks to the solar to power its cloud

Some neat news from my colleague Jeffrey Burt over at eWEEK today… Amazon is working with Community Energy to build an 80-megawatt solar farm in Virginia to help power its Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in Virginia. Jeffrey writes: The solar farm—which will be built in Accomack County, Va., and will power up as early as October […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 10, 2015 · 0 comments

Google wind farm

Apple isn’t the only tech giant making waves on the renewal energy front. Google is making a big commitment to wind power, enough to provide its Mountain View, Calif.-based headquarters with enough electricity for their operations. My colleague, Jaikumar Vijayan, over at eWEEK reports: As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

E-waste recycling - Flickr User David Morris

If you’ve been nice, you probably got some neat new gadgets and gear upgrades. Congrats! Now it’s time to responsibly recycle your old, unwanted gadgets. They may have overstayed their welcome with you, but chances are good that someone, somewhere can use it for years to come. Gizmodo, in an update to its holiday recycling […]

Read more Happy Holidays! Now, recycle your old gadgets…

by Pedro Hernandez on December 27, 2014 · 0 comments

USA and China forge historic climate pact

Big, indeed. The world’s economic superpowers have essentially agreed that we can’t keep dumping carbon into the atmosphere. On Nov. 12, the White House and the Chinese government had a nice surprise for people that like to breathe pollution-free air and dream of one day owning oceanfront property, minus the risk of losing it to rising sea […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on November 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Venture capitalists are pumping money into smart grid startups. Mercom Capital, a cleantech and healthcare research firm, released a report revealing that VCs have poured $142 million into smart grid companies in 26 deals during the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, smart grid investments totaled 81 million across 13 deals during the second quarter. But funding is slightly […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on October 20, 2014 · 0 comments

Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on July 30, 2014 · 0 comments

Tesla Motors open sources its patents. Is it the start of the EV revolution?

This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 12, 2014 · 0 comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate […]

Read more Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

by Pedro Hernandez on June 2, 2014 · 0 comments