data_centerEnergy News: Tomorrow's data centers may not need any help with air conditioning, due to new R&D in server and appliance cooling techniques, and that process may yeild tax breaks, eWeek magazine reports. For cooling, the major hardware companies are working on new fluids, more efficient heat sinks, and new approaches to air flow, including the design of whole data centers in self-contained modular units. That helps with power reduction as well. On the tax front, the EPA is lobbying Congress to make tax write-offs for Energy Star-certified computer gear. This appears to be a nonpartisan issue that will likely advance quickly.

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