judgecorp writes: "Apple has been on the receiving end of a series of protests by Greenpeace, over its use of "dirty" coal and nuclear energy in its data centres. Greenpeace in response says it is working towards renewable energy in many highly publicised projects, and its next data centre (in Prineville Oregon) will run on 100 renewable energy."
judgecorp writes: "Data centre firm Infinity has a methane powered data facility open for business on a retired Cold War airbase in Suffolk, England. Methane is a great renewable power source; Microsoft has proposed co-locating data centres with methane sources such as landfill sites and farms, but this site appears to be the closest to putting that into practice The base, at Rendlesham, is also famous for a UFO siting which took place in its days as a Cold War centre in 1980l. As is usually the case with good UFO sitings, that event has never been fully explained...."
judgecorp writes: "Microsoft has proposed data centres independent of the electricity grid, built on landfill sites, and powered by methane from rotting waste. Methane "burns" in clean fuel cells, making energy and producing CO2 which is 20 times less of a greenhouse gas. If the math works out (does a landfill site produce enough MW of power?) it looks like a good idea."
judgecorp writes: "Researchers have produced flexible batteries resembling artificial leather, that can be woven into clothes. Applications could include t-shirts that charge your phone, or defibrillate you when you have a heart attack."
judgecorp writes: "Researcherse at Stanford University have invented a battery material that could allow batteries to go through 400,000 charging cycles instead of the 400 or so which today's Li-ion batteries can manage. Among the uses could be storing energy to even out the availability of renewable sources such as sun and wind."
judgecorp writes: "Electricite de France (EDF) which uses nuclear reactors to generate the majority of France's electricity, has been found guilty of hacking into Greenpeace computers in 2006. EDF has been fined fined €1.5 million and ordered to pay Greenpeace a further half a million euros, for what the judge described as an act of "industrial scale espionage"."