Hewlett-Packard is continuing its efforts to go carbon-neutral. The company announced its five-year strategy for the sustainability arm of its HP Labs.
News.com reports HP Lab researchers will look to reduce power usage in data centers through its Sustainable Data Center and HP Photonic Interconnect projects. The company's goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of data centers by 75 percent, says this thedailygreen.com article. Part of the research will be devoted to replacing copper wiring in servers with laser beams and improving the tools that measure and manage the energy used to develop products.
In addition, HP also announced a licensing agreement with Xtreme Energetics. The deal will allow the startup's solar products to utilize HP's transparent transistor technology. HP's technology squeezes more juice from the sun, making for a more efficient solar panel. The innovative partnership will also create flexibility in where solar panels can be placed on buildings, which could increase the technology's aesthetic appeal.
The union could be a well-timed one. According to EcoGeek, a Prometheus Institute study indicates that the price of purchasing and installing solar panels will drop over the next several years, making solar power a more viable energy source.