ProjectsThe IT2Green programme promotes energy efficient structures in information and communications technologies (ICT). The ten participating projects develop energy efficient solutions in the areas
- Telecommunications Networks
- Data Centres and Clouds
- Monitoring und Management
Telecommunications Networks Projects
The projects of the section ′Telecommunications networks′ are ComGreen, IntelliSpektrum and DESI. They aim at a maximum of energy efficiency in landline and wireless networks by better regulating the activities and loads.
Not everybody who is using a mobile communication device needs the maximum transmission capacity. The project ComGreen intends to optimize the nets and application of hardware as well as establish a system for adaption of capacities.
The project DESI has the objective to reduce the energy demand of the entire ICT production. This is supposed to happen by operating the several telecommunication net elements depending on loads.
The next generation mobile telecommunication nets need to be dimensioned not only for a high number of devices but also for high fluctuating loads. A solution that leads to better coverage and availability for the user are small-celled hierarchical net structures. They allow adapted access in buildings as well as on company premises.
Data Centres and Clouds Projects
The projects MIGRATE!, GreenPAD, GGC-Lab and AC4DC advance the energy efficiency of computer centres by data management and intelligent distribution of information loads.
Isolated optimized systems and unused active capacities are reasons for a high energy demand in ICT and thus, important starting points for reducing it. The AC4DC project aims at optimizing the energy demand and costs of the entire ICT system that consists of users, devices like computers, computer centres, data nets and energy providers.
The project ′Government Green Cloud Laboratory (GGC-Lab)′ on laboratory level expands the potentials of cloud computing applied on scenarios in federal and regional government administration – taking into account the energy efficiency.
GreenPAD intends to develop, test and transfer an energy-optimized ICT infrastructure model for regional economic and science clusters. They reduce the energy demand of the region by bundling the local ICT infrastructure in a jointed computer centre.
Limiting and reducing the energy demand caused by ICT is core of the project MIGRATE!. It uses the potentials of cloud technologies and explores the ways they can be made accessible for operators of large estate platforms like airports, hospitals, housing societies and federal government administration.
Monitoring und Management Projects
The ′Monitoring und Management′ projects pinta, GreenIT Cockpit and Adaptive Sense focus on developing and testing new measurement and control procedures that will help to render information and communications technologies more energy-efficient.
Tests showed that ICT applications so far only use 55 per cent of available hardware resources, which means that 45 per cent of hardware remain unused. If this relation is optimized, a large amount of energy can be saved. The goal of Adaptive Sense is to increase the energy efficiency by recognizing the status of users and applications as well as optimizing ICT infrastructure including environment, equipment, hardware and network.
This projects intends to develop and study an organization-wide and business process oriented management cockpit for the energy efficiency of ICT – a GreenIT Cockpit.
A major part of energy in Germany is used in buildings: by heating, air conditioning, warm water and operation of electronic devices and computers. In this project, the pinta platform is developed. It provides a higher energy efficiency by automatically managing electrical devices and heating or cooling systems in buildings. This also helps to reduce costs and increase the utility value.