Sun Microsystems has teamed up with Pacific Gas and Electric to add an energy rebate for companies that replace existing servers with Sun's eco-responsible servers. Participants in the Non-Residential Retrofit program can receive a cash savings between $700 and $1,000 per server, or up to 35 percent of the cost when combined with Sun's Upgrade Advantage program. Sun representatives note this is the first time a public utility has offered a rebate for server upgrades.
The program is part of Sun's year-long emphasis on eco-friendly, low-power-consuming products. In early 2006, Sun began delivering the Sun Fire servers featuring CoolThreads technology. The servers are designed to reduce energy consumption by 33 percent. The servers are also a third smaller than their predecessors.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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