1E Friday Roundup

Time for a quick summary of the stories and technologies that are finding favor (or not) in the 1E camp..

Clean Energy

Lots of tales around clean energy, with a fair amount of money changing hands and new projects in the pipeline. This must be a good thing as it adds momentum to the whole clean energy story and encourages more and more companies to get involved. Hopefully it will help to bring prices to a more acceptable level too which in turn will boost uptake.

The big one for me was news of India’s proposed 50MW Tidal Energy Project – not small! London-based Atlantis Resources, the company responsible for the world’s largest tidal turbine located in Scotland, is building the project in the Gulf of Kutch. Construction is planned to start as soon as this year and should be completed by 2013.

Here in the UK plans for a European ‘Super grid’ were in the news again, with the UK stepping up support. This is an essential part of any clean energy infrastructure as the nature of renewable energy sources means that we need to be able to dynamically transmit energy to where it’s most needed at a particular time.

Climate Change

Strangely quiet this week (and month so far). Is Climate Change last year’s news? I hope not as sadly this one isn’t going to go away..

The Telegraph reports that the UK is to go into a ‘war footing’ in the fight against climate change with err.. some posters. Great stuff.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8271739/Wartime-posters-to-fight-climate-change.html

The New Home Front Initiative will look to the war time generation for inspiration and advice on how to stop waste and make resources go further. For example by teaching grandchildren how to grow vegetables or repair clothes. Not sure about this one folks.

On a more serious note, the UK Met Office recorded that 2010 was the second warmest on record after 1998.

With a mean temperature of 14.5C, 2010 was 0.5C warmer than the global average from 1961-1990, according to data from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia. These figures follow two similar announcements last week from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which suggested that 2010 was the joint warmest year on their respective records.

As the evidence stacks up and gathers momentum, will we change our ways in 2011? Hope so.

Data Center Efficiency

Again some great examples of companies making huge efforts to save energy and cost in the Data Center. The BNY Mellon story caught my eye today – a great example of how to save millions through relatively simple measures.

Elsewhere in Data Center land, GE are the big spenders, announcing $520m investment in Green Data Center tech.

Here at 1E

Ah here at 1E it’s that time of year when thoughts turn to conferences, and in particular the Microsoft Management Summit 2011. 1E are once again Gold Sponsor, and we can promise lots of great content at our stand in the exhibitors expo along with a great session – more to follow on that as we firm up the details, but as usual expect some exciting announcements!

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