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As part of its smart grid and digital energy push, GE contributes to a $5 million investment in SynapSense, which uses sensors to manage data center energy.
There's an awful lot of humidity over by the hard drives. Start-up SynapSense says its software will give a more accurate view of the environment inside server rooms.
General Electric and VC partners to invest $55 million in 12 start-ups while GE to make $10 million to students to encourage training in electric power engineering.
Veranda Solar is designing small solar panels for urban and suburban homes, while Jay Leno runs the electric Mini-E through the paces.
A million square feet is a lot to air condition. SynapSense's sensors measure temperature, pressure and other environmental factors on a continuous basis.
Tweaking older data centers can make them almost as energy efficient as building from the ground up, according to analysis of case studies by tech heavyweights.