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message 1: by Clare (last edited Jun 09, 2018 04:13AM) (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6813 comments Mod
Computers now use 10% of the world's energy.
Microsoft's Project Natick, a submerged data centre off Scotland. This is the first true lights-out data centre.
Uses solar, wind and offshore wave and tidal power.
As it is underwater, nicely cold I would think, the North Sea is bracing at any time of year. Cooling is the big power use.

message 2: by Brian (new)

Brian Burt | 463 comments Mod
What an amazing, innovative concept. Thanks for sharing this, Clare!

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Clare O'Beara | 6813 comments Mod
Bitcoin mining also using renewable power in some cases. This is highly intensive power use given that it doesn't actually produce anything, and a bitcoin might require two years' worth of an American household's power use to mine.
Seems William Shatner is promoting a cleaner environment these days. I know he rides horses, including show horses, or did.

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