Tech firms partner to optimise smart grids

A new partnership between technology firms aims to optimise the performance of smart grids. The strategic collaboration between ABB and IBM aims to use Internet of Things technology to predict supply patterns in electricity generation and demand from historical and weather data. The companies hope this will help utilities optimise the operation and maintenance of […]

Fingers off the print button! World Paper Free Day nears

“Don’t print this email unless you really need to; think of the environment!” It’s a familiar note at the bottom of emails – and it’s set to take on global meaning on 6 November with the launch of World Paper Free Day. Businesses and consumers are called on to “banish” paper for the day by […]

“Electronic blood” will fuel and cool computers of the future

IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new computer (pictured) powered by what it describes as “electronic blood”. It’s hoped it could lead to more energy efficient computers in the future. The team working on the project in Zurich took inspiration from the human brain, which is both smaller and more powerful than any of […]

IBM joins Pakistani hydropower plant project

US tech firm IBM is joining the project behind Pakistan’s first private hydroelectric power plant. The huge $235 million (£151m) plant is expected to replace around 135,000 tons of imported oil, cut carbon emissions and save Pakistan roughly $100 million (£64m) a year in fuel costs. The building firm Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) recently finished […]

IBM saves $43m on electricity costs

IBM saved $43million (£27.5m) on its electricity bill in 2011 after a company-wide programme to cut back on energy use. The global technology giant saved 378,000 megawatt hours of electricity last year – enough to power almost 34,000 average US homes for a year. According to its latest Corporate Responsibility Report released this week, the […]

Coca-Cola and Disney join sustainability council

A group of major global companies including Coca-Cola and Walt Disney are forming a council to look at how businesses can tackle sustainability. The Innovations in Environmental Sustainability Council will look at challenges involving materials, energy, water, infrastructure and logistics. Led by technology firm IBM and the World Environment Center, charter members also include aeroplane […]

IBM developing 500 mile electric car battery

A technology firm says it is working on an electric car battery with a 500-mile range. IBM claims its lithium air battery will last around five times longer and is lighter than current batteries on the market. Researchers in Switzerland and the USA are working on the battery, which could hit the road from 2020, […]

RWE npower begin improved customer system

RWE npower has changed its customer billing methods. Teaming up with IBM, the energy provider completed the first phase of their new Customer Service and Billing Platform system, which has been rolled out to 600,000 customer accounts. The multi-million pound project aims to improve customer services by simplifying the administration, billing and payment of their […]

Collect your own kinetic energy by 2016

Multinational technology firm IBM has predicted that humans will be able to harness the energy they create within the next five years. ‘People power’ is one of the ‘IBM 5 in 5’, a list in which the company predicts innovations that may come about in the next five years. The company says advances in renewable […]

Statoil invests in environmental monitoring systems

Norwegian energy giant, Statoil, has joined a group of technology developers in designing an advanced environmental monitoring system for offshore installations. The contract is worth around £16 million, with Statoil providing nearly half of the funding for the project. Statoil says there are currently no monitoring methods that are integrated and enable physical, biological and […]