DOE Funds Green IT Projects
from the saving-energy dept
- Equipment and Software -- for improving servers and networking devices, as well as creating software for optimizing their energy usage.
- Power Supply Chain -- for minimizing the power loss and heat generation for transmitting electricity.
- Cooling -- for new ways to cool equipment to work effectively while using less power.
However, what's not clear in this announcement is whether the developed technologies will be released to the public or if the resulting more efficient technologies will be owned entirely by the entities that create them. It's only a somewhat recent trend that arguments have been made to release federally-funded scientific research back to the public so that the rate of progress can be accelerated by open discourse and collaborations. Looking at the list of the grants (pdf), though, it seems likely that only a small fraction of these projects will have published results.