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Microsoft, Daimler to use fuel cells to power data centers

Microsoft and Daimler say hydrogen fuel cells could provide better energy solutions for data centers than existing electrical grid and backup power technology.

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Researchers developing building-free data centers

A new outdoor server farm concept that uses vats of liquid-cooled computers instead of buildings could be literally located in farmland.

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First self-powered data center opens

Aruba S.p.A. operates its zero-impact data center using ‘a river of energy’ hydroelectric plant, solar panels and chilling underground water.

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Space-radiated cooling cuts power use 21%

Radiative sky cooling sends heat from buildings into space to be chilled. Electricity use ultimately will be slashed compared to traditional cooling, say scientists.

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Data center provider Equinix bets big on fuel cells

In an effort to become 100% reliant on renewable fuels, Equinix is turning to natural gas-powered fuel cells from Bloom Energy to power 12 of its U.S. data centers.

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Embrace the heat: Data center tips for summer operations

Summer and the heat it brings can be trouble for the data center without proper planning and precautions.

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Ireland the best place to set up a data center in the EU

A new report from BroadGroup says Ireland is the best place in Europe to set up a data center thanks to the country’s connectivity, taxes and government support.

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Mid-range supercomputers surge on the Top500 list of fastest machines

With no change at the top of the latest Top500.org supercomputer list, you need to look further down the rankings to see the real story.

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Parked electric cars will power buildings, researchers say

A significant hindrance to green-friendly vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology has been overcome, say university scientists. It will result in cheaper power-hungry buildings.

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Yahoo selling its ‘chicken coop’ data center design

Yahoo has several patents for sale, including the design for its energy-efficient Yahoo Computing Coop data center. Making it open source would be ideal, so all companies can use it.

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Smart buildings start with awareness

Smart, IoT-enabled buildings are coming. Until then, consider a dashboard solution such as Buddy Ohm, which helps building managers make better energy decisions.

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9 tips to turn your data center green

Jeff Biggs, executive vice president of Operations & Technology at Peak 10, provides a few steps data center providers can take to improve their energy efficiency model overall.

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6 steps for setting up a server room for your small business

Are you worried about relying on a third-party online service provider to store your business data? Learn how to set up your own server room for an on-premises deployment instead.

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Schneider Electric's microgrid

Rising costs and an aging infrastructure are pushing companies like Schneider Electric to consider energy microgrids to keep the lights on, save money and reduce greenhouse gases.

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Mingis on Tech: Energy microgrids, what's up with Apple TV -- and drones!

Here's one way to re-build the electric grid: Do it piecemeal -- with microgrids. With that squared away, we turn to figuring out what Apple is up to with Apple TV and get the details on DJI's new $1,000 Mavic drone.

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Infrared lasers must replace data center wiring, say engineers

Using infrared lasers instead of fiber optics improves data center communications and can help data centers reduce power costs, researchers say.

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Mingis on Tech: Floating solar panels, a VR update -- and Tom Brady?

Our tech trio takes a look at the latest in solar tech -- panels being installed on water -- checks in on the state of VR and offers kudos to the new Super Bowl champs.

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5 tech battles facing Trump

Major battles loom between the tech industry and the Trump administration over issues including climate change, air quality, support for federal research and trade policy.

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