Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Energy: the appliance of science?

Do you recall the days, particularly around Y2K, when the IT fraternity were often accused of creating wonderful solutions and pieces of hardware for customers who had absolutely no need for them? Anything with a chip in it became a potential enemy of the future of global civilisation. There were lots of (very expensive) lessons […]

Green data centres ‘to reach $221bn by 2022’

The global market for green data centres is forecast to reach $221.49 billion (£140bn) by 2022, according to a new report. The paper, by Transparency Market Research, states this is due to an increase of energy efficiency initiatives, government regulations and benefits such as cutting costs. A green data centre stores, manages and spreads data […]

IT firm cuts carbon footprint of data centres by 10%

Five UK data centres have won the seal of approval from the Carbon Trust by meeting tough standards for energy efficiency. IT and cloud computing company Savvis got the carbon standard for slashing its carbon footprint relative to IT workload by 10% since 2010 in Britain by reviewing its procedures, workspaces and finances. Darran Messem, Managing […]

US spending on energy management to rise billions

Spending on energy management from the United States’ largest firms will rise more than three billion dollars over the next three years, analysts have predicted. New research by Verdantix suggests firms which earn more than $1 billion in revenue spent $13.1 billion on energy management in 2012. It predicts this figure will reach $16.5 billion […]

Different sectors in energy industry must collaborate

It is important for people in the energy industry to get involved with those in different sectors other than their own. That’s the view of Dr Jochen Kreusel (pictured), Head of the Smart Grids initiative at ABB Group in Zurich, who is one of the key speakers at the Erasmus Energy Forum event later this […]

UK smart homes firm wins global award

The World Economic Forum has picked a UK ‘smart’ home energy management firm as a 2013 Tech Pioneer, naming it one of the “world’s most innovative technology start-ups”. Every year WEF recognises pioneering tech firms for innovation in IT, energy and environment and health. Yesterday it picked 23 industry-changing companies for their potential to transform […]

Million SMEs miss energy savings from ‘cloud’

More than a million small to medium-sized firms in the UK don’t realise they can save money on energy bills by switching to ‘cloud’ computing. New research suggests nearly 90 per cent of SMEs don’t know they save money and shrink their IT footprint by using the remotely accessed web server. This might not be […]

Online tool manages energy across the world

New IT software which calculates energy usage across several locations has been launched by energy management & efficiency company Verdiem. The software allows global companies to more accurately track and manage energy consumption and costs across international boundaries. Verdiem Surveyor allows customers to remotely control and reduce the energy used by computers and network systems. […]

Efficiency now top of agenda for data centres

Energy efficiency is now top of the agenda for data centres, suggests new research. Business and software firm Oracle suggests many businesses have been caught off guard by the huge amount of data they now have to process, which is driven by a rise in IT and smartphone use. With many firms turning to data […]

Energy firms pay water least attention despite higher risks

Energy firms pay least attention to their water management despite reporting the highest level of risk from them, according to a major poll of global firms including utilities, energy firms, IT, industrial and healthcare organisations. Just 36% of energy firms said that someone had oversight for water strategies on their board. The report released by […]