At the end of July the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory signed a memorandum of understanding with Verizon, which may lead to research, development and use of technology that will reduce energy consumption in the information and communication technology (ICT) field.
The ICT industry’s accounts for 3% of all the electricity consumed in the US, and half of that energy is used by telecommunications alone. It is hoped by this agreement – said to be the first of its kind between an ICT company and a DOE lab – that said energy consumption – will offer a significant opportunity to save money, energy and reduce environmental impact in large data driven operations such as what Verizon does.
Working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Verizon hopes to develop a model of energy efficiency that can be used by other ITC companies in the future. Not only will they be able to save more energy in their own operations, but they can also market the practices and technology to Verizon customers. Topics covered by the memorandum include energy management in offices, data centers and other facilities and the continued research and improvement of smart grid technology for use in commercial and residential settings.
NREL Director Dan Arvizu said that the project is crucial in a time of economic and environmental concerns. “Innovation and application of energy-saving technologies in a way that makes sense in the marketplace are vital to improving the nation’s economy and environment. NREL’s collaboration with Verizon offers a variety of possibilities for using clean energy and improving energy efficiency in a large and meaningful way.”
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