Intel Experimenting With Solar-Powered Datacenter

Maximum PC Staff

Intel has admittedly been mighty progressive when it comes to their energy conservation efforts. In the past few years, they’ve devoted a few million dollars from their annual budget to research the energy efficiency, and they’ve been making some pretty significant strides. Their latest look into renewable energy comes from the top of their datacenters in New Mexico, where they’ve put 10-kilowatt photovoltaic installations in an experiment aimed at finding out more about the possibilities of solar power.

This isn’t their first dive into the energy conservation pool, either. Just last year the California based chip-maker opened an installation in Oregon that produced 100 kilowatts of power. And Intel wasn’t even using this juice; instead they integrated it with Portland’s General Electric grid.

While there are some clear issues as to why solar might not work well with running servers (that have to be on 24 hours a day), it is commendable that Intel is looking to take a big step forward in this arena.

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