- A Week in Smart Metering

Surplus power is opening doors to innovation in the energy market, writes content editor of, Rose Bundock.
Published: Thu 10 Sep 2015 ran a story this week that highlights new opportunities arising from the digital economy. 
Iceland in Northern Europe, which suffered a major financial crisis in September 2008, is eyeing the data centre market as a way to grow its economy.
Iceland’s vision is to use its massive energy generating capacity from hydro and geothermal power, which cannot be exported, to supply energy-hungry data centre operators
Recent research from Scandinavian group Sintef has found that data centres consume 2% of the world’s generated electricity to keep servers cool. Sintef has also found that the volume of data to be stored is on the increase with 90% of current stored data created in the last two years. 
Data centre operators will also be offered tax incentives for data centre operation.
And with all the rooftop solar planned in India, what innovative ideas will the country find for surplus power? We look forward to finding out. 

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