Today in Green IT: Nuclear power fades in Germany, Japan


Sixty thousand protestors gathered in central Tokyo this morning, demanding a total phase out of nuclear power in Japan. The protest comes days after Siemen’s CEO, Peter Loescher, told the influential German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that his company would exit the nuclear power industry, citing the “clear position of German society” on nuclear power.

Siemens built all of Germany’s existing 17 nuclear plants, and Adam Lesser, our GigaOM Pro Green IT analyst says, it’s interesting to see such a powerful corporation decide that it didn’t want to fight the zeitgeist surrounding ending dependence on nuclear power. Volkswagen invested a billion Euros in wind energy earlier this month, and it’s refreshing to see a country where the moral imperatives of its population are driving corporate behavior.

Other news and topics Adam is thinking about this Monday morn:

  • New Intel chip runs on solar power: Intel has debuted its “Claremont” chip, an experimental chip that allows its transistors to run at threshold voltages. Yet another sign that Intel is starting to take seriously the need to produce low power chips, and somehow find its way back into mobile.
  • Indian green IT and sustainability spend to touch $70B by 2015: A new report out from Gartner says that green IT and sustainability spending will double to $70 billion by 2015. It notes that the ICT industry is under pressure to reduce operating costs related to power, and that even home energy management is seeing some preliminary traction.
  • Solyndra flash analysis: If you missed our 15-page report on the lessons learned from Solyndra’s fall, check it out here: (subscription required).

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