PC World has reported some of the winners of the grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for green ICT projects that were awarded last week.
A total of $47m of grants were announced for 14 projects as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal funds will be matched by $70m in private funding and will go to projects focused on improving equipment and software; minimising the power loss and heat generation in the power supply; and research on cooling equipment.
• Yahoo, which received $9.9m to design a data centre that will use outside ambient air for cooling.
• HP was awarded $7.4m to test a new data centre design.
• Alcatel-Lucent received $1.8m to test and develop heat-sink structures and device-level liquid cooling technologies.
• IBM benefitted from two grants, $4m in all, for projects to develop liquid metal thermal interfaces for data centres and to develop software-based cooling tools.
Great news for the companies involved and a productive use of the stimulus package funds. It may not be much, but it’s more than seems to have been made available in Europe. Certainly in the UK and France no such money has gone towards developing green ICT, which is very short-sighted. The UK government seems to see ICT much more as part of the problem than a potential help with the solution.