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More grid warning: the grid may be today’s Titanic

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
More grid warning: the grid may be today’s Titanic

The roll out of smart grids might just be like the launch of the Titanic 100 years ago – full of promise by heading towards iceberg-laden waters, wrote an expert on the Smart Grid Library blog. “Even as we note the 100 year anniversary of that maritime tragedy, we need to consider the fragility of […]

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Beware the grid, warns ‘hacking’ expert: “100% certainty of failure in 3 years”

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
Beware the grid, warns ‘hacking’ expert: “100% certainty of failure in 3 years”

One apparent network security expert, David Chalk, has issued a warning to the smart grid sector that catastrophic failure of the power grid as a result of hacking is inevitable. In an online interview for a documentary film called, ‘Take Back Your Power‘, Chalk – dubbed a ‘hacking expert’ by the filmmakers – asserted a […]

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Billion dollar opportunity in smart grids for public cellular operators by 2020

| April 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mobile operators can tap into a potential market of US$1 billion from the supply of networking services to smart grid deployments, says new research from Pike Research. According to the market researchers, utilities have so far ignored public cellular networks for their smart grid initiatives, but that is about to change. A confluence of factors […]

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Telehouse pledges 100% renewable power for London facility

| December 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Data centre and telecoms facility operator Telehouse has pledged to use 100% renewable energy to power its London Docklands site. The site, which houses the IT infrastructure of almost 500 major international organisations, will now purchase 100% of its energy from UK renewable energy provider, SmartestEnergy. According to Telehouse, SmartestEnergy buys energy from independent generators […]

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New India regulation calls for 50% cell towers to use renewables by 2015

| December 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

India’s Department of Telecom has introduced new rules that will call for 50% of all mobile towers in the country to use some kind of renewable energy power by 2015. In perhaps an even more ambitious target, the new rules also call for at least 20% of urban cell sites to use some form of […]

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Google calls it quits on renewable energy initiative

| November 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Google has called it quits on its high profile RE>C, or Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal, initiative, citing engineering challenges and the fact that the renewable energy sector has made enough progress that it can now leave it to others to further research in the area. “We’ve reached a point in our engineering projects where […]

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Airtel to green 250 Nigerian sites with Ericsson, Flexenclosure

| November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
Airtel to green 250 Nigerian sites with Ericsson, Flexenclosure

Bharti Airtel’s Nigeria unit has contracted Ericsson to upgrade an initial batch of 250 diesel powered base stations with new ‘green’ sites from Sweden’s Flexenclosure. The solution, based on Flexenclosure’s E-Site, will allow Airtel to harness solar and wind energy at the sites to minimise diesel consumption – and yes, CO2 emissions. According to Flexenclosure, […]

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Cloud software could increase building efficiency, save millions of dollars

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

First published in Communications Day A pilot program conducted at Microsoft’s Seattle campus has shown that intelligent building solutions using cloud-based software can be achieved with 10% of a building’s annual energy expenditure, offering a ROI period of 18 months. The program was implemented in 13 of Microsoft’s 118 buildings on its campus, and carried […]

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Verne Global’s Iceland facility goes live, signs first customer

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
Verne Global’s Iceland facility goes live, signs first customer

Verne Global, the UK-based firm building a wholesale data centre facility in Iceland, says it is now officially open for business. Services are available from the company’s 18-hectacre campus in Kelfavik, Iceland, a location with key operating advantages that providers well over 50% cost savings over traditional data centres in Europe or New York, the […]

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Google enters power utility sector

| October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Google announced this week it will set up a company with a partner and offer solar power to residential customers. As part of the plan, Google will set up a US$75 million fund with San Francisco firm, Clean Power Finance, which solar power integrators will be able to tap into to finance potential customer purchases. […]

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