IBM leads Green Sigma Coalition

DQW Bureau
30 Jun 2009

As the world has become more and more conscious about the necessity of going
green, IT major IBM has taken an initiative to form an alliance to improve
energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas management through interoperability. The
Green Sigma coalition applies Lean Six Sigma principles and practices to these

IBM said it is teaming with ABB, Cisco, Eaton, ESS, Honeywell Building
Solutions, Johnson Controls, SAP, Schneider Electric, and Siemens Building
Technologies Division to create the Green Sigma Coalition.

The coalition members will work with IBM to integrate their products and
services with IBM's Green Sigma solution.

“Businesses, governments and people everywhere have expressed their desire to
make more efficient use of energy and natural resources,” said Rich Lechner,
VP-Energy and the Environment, IBM.

“They are investing in making systems intelligent by building smarter and
greener buildings, IT infrastructures, supply chains, and other business
operations, as well as utility and water systems. With today's announcements, we
signal our clear desire to partner with them every step of the way,” he added.

IBM made the announcements recently in support of its Green and Beyond Summit
for Industry Leaders at the California Academy of Sciences.

“As we all work toward creating a greener, smarter planet, it is plain that
none of us can get there alone,” observed Lechner.

Water-cooled supercomputer

In another statement, IBM announced plans to build a first-of-a-kind
water-cooled supercomputer that will re-purpose excess heat for the university
buildings. IBM is planning this in collaboration with The Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).

A press release said the water-cooled supercomputer will re-purpose excess
heat for the university buildings.

The system, named 'Aquasar', is expected to decrease the carbon footprint of
the Institute by up to 85 percent, which is equivalent to 30 tons of CO2 per
year, compared to a similar system using today's cooling technologies, it added.

The water-cooled supercomputer will consist of two IBM BladeCenter servers
with 22 Cell blades and 6 Intel blades with Nehalem processor and will have a
peak performance of about 10 Teraflops.

IBM Research also unveiled a new long-term research initiative to spur the
creation of next-generation rechargeable batteries capable of storing 10 times
more energy than today's most powerful Lithium-ion batteries.

Eventually, this technology could power smarter energy grids, support
widespread use of electric cars, and more, said IBM.

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