Are Tech Giants Going Green?

New writing… My recent piece for Eniday is now live, looking at the trend amongst tech companies for investment in clean and green energy. Of course, it is partly about energy saving and security in their data centres, but there is more it than that. Their willingness, even eagerness, to broadcast their achievements in renewable energy is tantamount to advocacy and tells its own […]

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Rising in the East: ‘IIoT’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on the Industrial Internet of Things, by Raconteur. It looks at how and why the West is playing global catch-up, as manufacturers in the Far East race ahead with IIoT: • ‘The sun is rising in the East’. The full 16-page […]

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‘Public Sector Technology’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another piece published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special report on Public Sector Technology by Raconteur. It looks at the emergence of Bristol as a leading advocate and achiever in smart city thinking and doing, tacking challenges and pioneering solutions: • ‘Why Bristol’s a city of the future’. There is also […]

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Living Architecture: Smart Bricks and Bioreactors

New writing… My latest piece for Eniday is now live, exploring a radical, innovative collaboration between industry and academia to create ‘smart’ bricks, which can recycle wastewater and generate electricity. As elements in ‘bioreactor walls’, each brick will contain a microbial fuel cell, filled with programmable synthetic microorganisms, putting good bugs to work in buildings. This reinvention of the humble construction component promises […]

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Powering the future: 5 innovations of interest

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Powering the Future’, published in The Times, 1 May, 2013. BIOFUELS FROM ALGAE A near-perfect poster child for sustainable energy, algae is both a biodegradable living organism and literally green. Cultivation is possible on lands unsuited to traditional agriculture and with minimal demand on freshwater resources. Research and […]

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Greening the footprint of Big Data

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Low-Carbon Business’, published in The Times, 3 September, 2012. What do New York, Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina have in common with Norway, Finland, Iceland and New Zealand? The answer is that all are home to ‘green’ data centres. The physical carbon footprint of virtual lives lived online […]

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