Recovery Act Funds Over $25 Million in Silicon Valley Energy Efficiency Projects

January 7th, 2010

January 7, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Energy announced the awarding of $47 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act yesterday to 14 projects across the country for the development of new technologies which will improve energy efficiency in the information and communication technology sectors. More than half of the $47 million will be allocated to projects or companies located in the 14th Congressional District.

“As the world’s leader in the development of information and communication technology, Silicon Valley understands the tremendous amount of energy these technologies can require,” said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), who represents the 14th District. “For years I’ve sought the development and implementation of energy efficiency IT technology. The funding announced today is a key component of this effort and will bolster existing industry efforts, provide significant financial savings, and reduce demand on power generators and stress to our environment.”

Last year, Rep. Eshoo sponsored an amendment to the American Clean Energy and Security Act to drive the federal government-the largest consumer of communication and information technology-to adopt a strategy for the purchase and implementation of energy efficiency information, technology, and practices. In 2007 Rep. Eshoo also sponsored legislation to develop metrics and measures for data center efficiency and requested an EPA study to identify steps to increase energy efficiency in information technology.

Information technology and telecommunications facilities currently account for about 3 percent of electricity use for the entire United States. The energy efficiency projects announced today could significantly reduce this consumption. Power Assure, a Santa Clara company, estimates its new technology could reduce energy use by 50 percent in data centers and large server farms.

The following funding was awarded to projects in the 14th Congressional District:

  • $5,080,312 to Power Assure, Inc.
    Project: Eliminating Wasted Energy by Automatically Powering Down Servers
  • $7,432,100 to Hewlett-Packard
    Project: Modular Data Center with Integrated Alternating Current (AC), Cooling, and Distributed Energy Systems to Reduce Energy Requirements
  • $9,921,887 to Yahoo!, Inc.
    Project: Next Generation Passive Cooling Design for Data Centers
  • $2,843,985 to Edison Materials Technology Center
    Project: Energy Reduction from a Very Dense Liquid Cooled Compute Platform



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