alternative-energy

Dell Sustainability Leadership Ranking

Posted in alternative-energy, dell, disposal, green-power, recycle, sourcing, strategy, sustainability on May 22nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sustainability Ranking Index
Dell lands on top of the sustainability ranking for the information technology sector. …

… “Dell scored particularly well in renewable energy use, recycling and its integration of a sustainability strategy in its business. Dell sources about 35 percent of its U.S. energy use from green power and approximately 20 percent globally, and it offers free computer recycling to consumers worldwide. ” …

Via Dell: No. 1 in TBR Sustainability Index Benchmark

OffGrid Data Center

Posted in alternative-energy, data-center, datacenter, energy-source, financial-industry, first-national-bank-omaha, hydrogen-fuel-cells on January 18th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off


Bank shows that it is possible to power data center with off-grid energy alternatives. In this case, hydrogen fuels cells power the datacenter. …

… “$16 billion First National Bank of Omaha and its data center are in their tenth year of being completely powered by hydrogen fuel cells … ” …

Via InformationWeek: Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Server Room with Natural Cooling

Posted in alternative-energy, city-laramie, cooling-system, ides-inc, natural-cooling, renewable-energy, server-consolidation on December 17th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

IDES data center leverages natural cooling to save energy. …

… “The company recently opened its own state-of-the-art, naturally cooled computer server room at its offices in Laramie, and co-located back-up servers at Green House Data, a 100 percent renewable energy powered data center in Cheyenne. ” …

Via International Business Times: Plastics Information Company

Data Centre Efficiency Code

Posted in alternative-energy, calculation, code-of-conduct, data-centre, european-union, high-availability, impact, infrastructure, metrics, power-consumption, region-europe, sustainability-initiative on November 26th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

The European Commission releases its Code of Conduct for increased energy efficiency in data centres. The code focuses on the IT load and the facility load and describes seven principles that participants should embrace. Metrics are defined, such as the data centre infrastructure efficiency index which is analogous to a yield calculation. …

… “Over provisioning, ensuring availability and associated costs were previously considered a negligible risk to business performance because energy costs were relatively small in comparison to the IT budget, and environmental responsibility was not considered to be the remit of the IT department. However, with rising energy prices this is no longer the case, and the issue of energy consumption at the individual data centre level is becoming increasingly important as operational energy expenditures and ecological impact of the energy consumed begins to play an ever important role in overall cost of ownership of data centres. ” …

Via EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Renewable Energies Unit: Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency

Green Data Center through Renewable Certs

Posted in alternative-energy, certificates, data-center, hosting, impact, power-consumption, purchasing, renewable-energy, renewable-energy-certificates on November 15th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Renewable energy for data center
Hosting company uses renewable energy credits to offset its data center power consumption. …

… “1&1 Internet is purchasing enough Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the non-profit, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, to match 100% of the electricity used at the company’s data center. The majority of the RECs will be sourced from the Bowersock Mills and Power Company’s hydroelectric facility in Lawrence, Kansas. This hydroelectric facility is certified low impact by the Low Impact Hydro Institute (LIHI). ” …

Via 1&1: Data Center Goes Green

Tide Powered Data Centre

Posted in alternative-energy, country-scotland, country-uk, data-centre, power-generation, region-europe, tidal-energy on November 9th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Harness tidal energy
Alternative energy firm in UK is harnessing the power of the tides to generate electricity for data center. …

… “Atlantis is also pushing ahead with opening a computer data centre in Scotland which could be powered by tidal energy. Discussions are under way for the excess energy to be used to warm Mey Selections‘ greenhouses … ” …

Via The Age: Tide power

Atlantis Resources Corp: “The company is unique in having developed two families of sub-sea turbines, extensively tested over a decade of field trials. “

Green Power Recognition

Posted in alternative-energy, award, certificates, climate-change, electricity-usage, epa, green-power, impact, intel, investment, leadership, partnership, power-purchase, procurement, program, purchasing, renewable-energy on October 29th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

EPA recognizes Intel
Intel garners a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the EPA for its internal investments in sustainability and the impact from its procurement of green power. …

… “The EPA recognized the company’s voluntary efforts to address climate change through green power purchases and its impact in advancing the renewable energy market. … Intel signed a multi-year commitment to purchase more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates (REC) per year – enough power to meet approximately 47 percent of its purchased electricity use … ” …

Via Intel: EPA Green Power Partner of the Year

US EPA: “EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. “

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