How Can We Achieve Sustainable Green Computing?Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President – Solver products
My colleague Narayan Rangarajan, Altair Engineering team leader, has contributed the following post:
If someone came to me today and said that a solar powered server farm is sustained green computing, I would say it’s only half of the equation. Here’s some trivia about solar energy:
1. Solar panels typically convert sunlight into electricity with an efficiency of only 10 to 20 percent.
2. The carbon footprint in manufacturing solar cells is high.
3. Creating solar cells is a high-energy process – it’s not easy to melt silica.
So this brings us to the question, what is sustainable? In my opinion, the top three would be reuse, eliminating waste and innovation. Let’s look at what each one means.