Microsoft
Green Blog

The Official Blog of Microsoft's
Environmental Sustainability Team

May, 2013

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    This Week in Sustainability: Renewable Energy and the MIT Media Lab

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    clip_image002The experiments of today are the innovations of the future. Scientific American profiled the work of Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, two scientists keen on discovering ways to power the world without fossil fuels who have pioneered plans that show how communities can get energy exclusively from renewable sources. Meanwhile, the Financial Times looks at how the MIT Media Lab is passionately developing projects that range from robo-cars to bionics. Read on to hear more about how today’s tinkerers are setting the stage for the sustainable society of tomorrow.

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    This Week in Sustainability: How Big Data is Transforming Wind Power

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    clip_image002Some of the greatest obstacles to widespread growth of renewable energy have to do with intermittency and impacts on wildlife. But new approaches to IT are beginning to address those challenges, like the ability to forecasting wind power that lets utilities reduce their dependency on backup power plants. In another project, Big Data is helping reduce the impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. Read on to learn more about how IT is having a positive impact on sustainable energy and the environment.

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    This Week in Sustainability: Technology Innovation for Social Good and Smart Grid Technologies

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    clip_image002Innovative technology can influence business and the environment, while having a clear impact on society as well. For a technology company like Microsoft, that’s the promise of applying technology to address environmental challenges. The Guardian is introducing a new online hub that looks squarely at technology innovation and implementation from a social standpoint, while this week Forbes looked at how the smart grid is increasingly becoming a reality for U.S. utilities and consumers. Read on to learn more about how IT is reshaping how people are using energy and resources, ultimately reducing their footprint on the world.

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    This Week in Sustainability: Storing Energy with Liquefied Air and How Data Improves City Infrastructure

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    clip_image002With innovation in the energy sector and advances in Big Data, the potential for improving energy efficiency is continuing to achieve new levels. One concept, dating back to the 1890s, uses electricity to liquefy air by cooling it down, which can make for an innovative approach of storing energy. The Financial Times also reported this week on how the elements of city infrastructure can be improved with the help of wireless sensors. Read on to learn more about technological innovations in efficiency.

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