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Promotion of the rational use of energy in information technology.

Report of the international meeting for «insiders» on March 19th 1993 at the main building of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

The meeting was organised by the Energy Analysis Research Group of ETH on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

Zielgruppe: Energiefachleute

Diesen Kongressbericht habe ich in zwei Sprachen verfasst. Hier die ersten Kapitel in englischer Sprache:

  • The Secret Waste of Electricity
    Results of the research project «Stand-by losses of office and consumer electronics equipment», Swiss Federal Office of Energy, 3003 Bern, January 1993
  • Summary of the Meeting
    In theory it would be possible to reduce the power consumption of electronic equipment even with the present state of technology by 30 to 80 percent. The saving potential of technological innovation still ahead may be even greater but is hard to estimate.
  • Key Terms and their Definitions
    The following terms are relevant to the understanding of the facts, the discussion and the conclusions.
  • Power Consumption and Energy Saving Potential of Devices
    Surveys carried out in western countries have all come to the conclusion that office electronics belong to the electrical loads with the highest growth rate.
  • Does Frequent Switching On and Off Impair Devices?
    Switching off a device when it is not used is undoubtedly the most simple power saving measure. In connection with this the question whether frequent switching on and off would not impair the device is often asked.