There’s a new arms race in the tech industry. But instead of racing to build faster chips, slicker smartphones or larger social networks, tech giants are competing to see who can build the greenest data centers.
Traditionally, engineers have specified a variety of piping materials for compressed air systems, including black iron, galvanized steel, copper, stainless steel and even plastic. More recently, aluminum piping has become an option considered by many contractors, architects and engineering firms.
Manufacturing throughout the world is becoming leaner. That translates into less waste, less cost, less energy. It also means higher production and greater optimization. Anything that contributes to greater efficiency in production is now bundled into the concept of lean.
A paper from KfW Economic Research from April 2013 entitled _Fracking – you snooze, you lose?_ by Tobias Rehbock and Peter Kolbe has gained relatively little attention. But as the fracking debate in Europe heats up, the paper seems to offer a very timely input to the European debate, not only on fracking but on competitiveness, growth and jobs in general.
The use of compressed air is widespread throughout every sector of industry, and it acts as a primary energy source for many industrial applications.