As much has been in the news lately about clean energy and green technology, one of the new areas of focus for Samsung, we found a few interesting articles and blog posts on these topics that we would like to share:
Masdar City – a glimpse of the future in the desert: In this post, John Vidal of The Guardian writes about the up and coming city of Masdar, described as the “world’s most advanced laboratory for hi-tech environmental technology.”
Not far from Abu Dhabi, the development is residence to just a few hundred people and exists as a testing ground for technologies such as driverless electric cars, solar air-conditioning and wind towers that cool the shaded streets.
This type of investment in green technology is exciting for us at Samsung as we continue our own investments in the space and push for a greener planet, drawing inspiration from such ingenuity.
Samsung also plans to create a green energy industrial complex in South Korea as part of our long term initiative. The approximately $7 billion complex, to be built on reclaimed wetland, will include not only facilities to manufacture wind power generators, solar cells and energy storage systems, but also a green energy research center and residence to employees.
Researchers Tap Virus to Improve Solar Cell Efficiency By 32%: TreeHugger’s Jaymi Heimbuch writes this week about a new discovery by MIT scientists that could boost solar cell efficiency.
It is not just a great news for the growing solar power industry, but also quite a fascinating finding — a genetically engineered virus help build carbon nanotubes that give solar power a push!
While many solar companies are working on ways to boost cell efficiency, Samsung is also involved in projects to help grow renewable energy businesses. One of the most ambitious among such projects are Samsung C&T's initiative for solar and wind power complexes in Ontario, as we've featured here on Samsung Village. We’ll soon be posting updates on C&T’s project in Ontario, so be sure to check back!
Really Remote Data: This week, as Christopher Mims with MIT’s Technology Review details, researchers at Cambridge University have a novel idea for the “greening” of data centers – put them in the middle of nowhere.
The researchers propose that placing these data centers in extremely remote places, such as the deserts of Egypt or the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, will best allow for them to harvest energy from sun and wind.
Our colleagues at Samsung are also pushing for a different type of extreme to make data centers more efficient, developing low-power memory chips and disk drives with nanometer-level technologies.
With the parallel growth of the data storage and management industry and the drive towards energy efficiency, it will be interesting to track this conversation as ideas develop around how best to power the world's data centers.
(Note: Pictures are from the blogs mentioned above)