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IBM is launching Project
Big Green
.  Part of the initiative is to consolidate
operations in the world’s largest data centers.  They will
replace nearly  4,000 servers with 30 refrigerator-sized
Z mainframes, running Linux, using virtualization technology.
 This will reduce energy usage by about 80%, saving about $250
million per year.  

What’s more, the consolidation will leave plenty of room for
future expansion.


Tesla Roadster

The University of New Hampshire is going to connect
its campus to a methane-producing landfill
, generating energy
using methane that otherwise would be vented into the atmosphere.
 The project is expected to provide 85% of their energy needs.
 Because it is using carbon that would be going into the
atmosphere anyway, it is considered carbon-neutral.  

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has changed its
regulations for installation of tidal energy
.  The regulatory structure had been so
cumbersome that it effectively prevented the exploitation of this
environmentally-friendly resource.  It is estimated that this
could eventually satisfy 6.5 percent of total US energy demand.

Progress is being made in the commercialization of lithium-ion
batteries for automobiles
.  It is hoped that the
products will be on the road in quantity by 2009.  

Lithium-ion batteries provide twice the energy density (energy per
kilogram) of current technology, leading to much greater efficiency.

Currently, the only car to use lithium-ion batteries is the Tesla Roadster,
costing over $100,000.

European regulators have approved a project that is hoped will lead to commercial development of nuclear
fusion power