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The How and When of Energy Efficient Computers in Green Technology
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September 29, 2009

The How and When of Energy Efficient Computers in Green Technology

By Kelly McGuire
TMCnet Editor

With the rising interest in green technology, it seems that the whole world will be “green” before we know it.

First it was home energy management. Then it was a possible paper battery that could revolutionize the way power is transmitted. 

Now, computers are segueing into the green market. 

Built from eco-friendly materials and featuring lower power consumption and computer power management, or “CPM,” capabilities, the green computers have fewer and smaller component parts and generate less heat than regular computer models.

Ultimately, if adapted successfully, the use of these green computers will be responsible for lower amounts of C02 released into the air. 

Despite how plausible this green idea seems to be, some say the realization of this product is still a long way from developing into a usable interface.

According to NextGen Research’s study titled, “Green Computing: Reducing the Environmental Impact of PCs, Servers By Using Safer Materials, Slashing Power Needs” the goal of producing a 100% wholly-green computers, from inception to production to end of a PC, laptop, monitor and server’s lifestyle is a ways away. 

However, while the green computer may not be in full effect for some time, computer and server vendors are working on making their products increasingly more energy efficient and environmentally benign, as a way to take a stance in the green computing equipment segment which is set to grow from $47 billion in 2009 to $223.7 billion in 2013, according to the study.

Laura Didio, author of NextGen’s Green Computing study, said that the hardware vendors competing in the computing equipment sectors share the common philosophy: “green desktop and server hardware is good for the planet, and what’s good for the planet is good for business,” Didio said. 

And, in efforts to keep with the “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” philosophy, vendor companies are pushing forwarded backed by various legislative initiatives that regulate everything from component materials, manufacturing guidelines, green building codes and carbon emissions to disposal and recycling efforts.

While the government and utility incentives give vendors something to hold on to, According to Didio, these companies will be busy for quite some time. 

“It will take years beyond the forecast period before all computer and server hardware consists of electrically efficient devices made up of biodegradable, recyclable and/or reusable parts,” Didio said.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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