Sunday, October 31, 2010

#CHIPS: "Consortium drives stake thru 'vampire power' heart"

Vampire power is not like flower power, but rather is a force that is constantly draining your mobile devices batteries even when you are not using them. Hopefully, the European Union can once and for all eradicate this vampire force, which after all originated in Transylvania which is a part of Romania, a member of the E.U. Look for the end of the vampire plague within three years. R. Colin Johnson, Kyoto Prize Fellow @NextGenLog
The European Union estimates that "vampire power"--the current drawn by electronic devices in standby mode--consumes as much as 10 percent of your monthly energy bill. Illustration: Victor J. Ochoa.
The European Union estimates that "vampire power" (standby power for electronic devices) already accounts for over 10 percent of the electricity used in homes and offices in Europe and will continue to rise to 49 terrawatt hours by 2014, when over 2 billion computers will be idling in sleep mode burning as much electricity as the combined electricity consumption for Austria, the Czech Republic and Portugal. In addition, the energy consumed by information, communications and consumer electronics will double by 2022 and triple by 2030, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). To drive a stake through the heart of vampire power, the EU is funding its Steep program, which aims to reduce active power by 10-times as well as drive vampire power into extinction...
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