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Yahho's new data center in Lockport, NY.
The design of Yahoo's new data center was inspired by a chicken coop. Its unique structure helps the center achieve a power-use effectiveness ratio of 1.08; only 8 percent of the power consumed goes to lights and operational equipment and less than 1 percent of the power gets consumed in cooling.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
Waste Heat
UC Berkeley researchers estimate that over half of U.S. energy consumption is dissipated as waste heat; can such a ubiquitous energy source be harvested as an economically feasible alternative?
Date: 03/31/2011
Type: Article
Programmers and hardware designers look for energy efficiency solutions as data center energy use continues to climb.
Date: 09/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Data Centers
Data Center globe image
UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Kavli Foundation announce a Report that identifies four issues that must be addressed to improve data center energy efficiency through strategic partnerships between academia and industry.
Date: 03/08/2012
Type: News, Report
Data center
Computing providers such as HP and Yahoo are developing innovative energy-saving strategies for new data centers that focus on using building siting and design to maximize natural cooling potential.
Date: 01/13/2011
Type: Article
Microsoft Data Center
A new report from Microsoft suggests that large businesses could reduce their direct energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent by moving certain on-premise applications into the cloud. Small business could see even greater gains of up to 90%.
Date: 11/04/2010
Type: Blog
Microsoft has pledged to reach net-zero emissions with its operations in over 100 countries. They will retrofit offices, data centers, and software development labs with the latest energy-efficient technologies.
Date: 05/10/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC, Data Centers
Google spends lots of money on electricity use in their data centers, so they invest heavily making their data centers more efficient.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Data Centers
John Bowers
In his talk, "The Promise of Silicon Photonics," Bowers, Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency, discussed the evolution of silicon photonics and what the future holds for this technology. A full video recording of his talk will be available online soon.
Date: 10/04/2013
Type: News
Technology Review clean web image
The energy problem is humanity's greatest challenge. Here's how information technology can provide some answers.
Date: 04/02/2012
Type: Article

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