According to a new report from Virginia-based research firm,
Input, federal spending on energy solutions could reach $19 billion by 2015.
The report, "Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency, 2010-2015,"
discusses the technology solutions that federal agencies are turning to for
help in reducing government energy consumption and carbon footprint. The report
projects billion-dollar spending on energy-saving approaches that include cloud
computing, virtualization, green hardware and building management systems.
The report cites the following IT-related strategies the
government will deploy to reduce energy consumption:
Smart grid modernization,
including integrated communications, sensing and measurement technologies;
advanced components; advanced control methods; and improved interfaces and
including smart meters, sensors, building management systems and energy
Green IT, including cloud
computing, virtualization, data center consolidation, energy-efficient
hardware, and other environmentally sustainable computing products and services.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.