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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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