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Global power consumption to double by 2050

Posted on: March 27, 2009

Global power consumption to double by 2050

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:52:00 03/27/2009

Filed Under: Computing & Information Technology, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines—Global power consumption would increase two-fold by 2050, an executive said.

Energy demands of consumers who use numerous devices, such as personal digital assistant, mobile phones or laptops, are driving the steep rise in power use in the futre, said David Plumer, president of Asia-Pacific and Japan Region, critical power and cooling services business unit of Schneider Electric.

Also, the cost of power is increasing, thus cutting down on consumption would allow businesses and residential users to spend less on energy, he said.

“Asia, having the largest growing populations and workforce will be a center of gravity of future energy use by 2050 from manufacturing, business process outsourcing and logistics sectors,” said Plumer.

Plumer said the Asian technology sector’s demand for power is expected to grow with the co-location of data centers and anticipated take off of cloud computing in the region.

Given these trends, the executive said the company plans to tap the local workforce to service the energy market.

“The opportunity for energy management is enormous especially in data centers, semiconductor sectors and homes,” Plumer added.

APC of Schneider Electric has recommended four sustainability steps to save on energy: measure, fix the basics, automate, and monitor and improve energy management.


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