This Week In Sustainability: Week of 4.30.12

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This Week In Sustainability: Week of 4.30.12

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The commercial possibilities associated with gathering energy consumption data continue to attract utility companies and energy management vendors. Katherine Tweed of Greentech Media drove home this point in her article on how the White House’s Green Button, a feature that allows residential and commercial customers to monitor their energy use to better manage their electricity consumption and cost, has gained steam since it was first implemented by utilities and vendors in California and Texas in March. Tweed also reports that the initiative has been adopted by a handful of new participants, including energy management and efficiency companies like Retroficiency, Performance Systems Development, and EnergyAi, and that some of these organizations are in the process or have already developed applications using Green Button data.

clip_image004Meanwhile, a story from ZDNET’s Heather Clancy touting the power-saving benefits of a submersive cooling system for datacenters also piqued our interest this week. Submersive cooling, the practice of placing densely packed servers in a bath of circulating liquid mineral oil and using coolant to limit the energy consumption of the facility’s servers, is offered by Green Revolution Cooling. They recently finished the largest installation of their CarnoJet submersion cooling system at the Houston-based CGGVeritas datacenter, which has reduced that company’s datacenter power usage by 40 percent.

 

Next week we have some exciting news to share, so hope you will tune in to learn more!

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