First you must understand "Green Power."
Green power can be defined as energy from indefinitely available resources and whose generation has zero/negligible environmental impacts, whether through reduced emissions or minimal environmental disruption. Such sources of energy include:
- Wind, Wave, Tidal, and Small Scale Hydropower - Wind power and hydropower use mechanical energy to generate electricity. The movement of air or water turns the blades of a turbine, and the motion of the blades generates electricity.
- Biomass - Biomass power uses a variety of technologies, including a direct-fired system, where burning the biomass heats water and generates steam that turns a turbine, and co-firing, in which biomass replaces some of the coal in a coal plant.
- Landfill Gas - Landfill gas is extracted from landfills using a series of wells and a blower/flare (or vacuum) system. This system directs the collected gas to a central point where it can be processed and treated, depending upon the ultimate use for the gas. From this point, the gas can be flared or used to generate electricity, replace fossil fuels in industrial and manufacturing operations, fuel greenhouse operations, or be upgraded to pipeline quality gas.
- Geothermal - Geothermal power captures heat energy from underground sources to generate electricity.
- Solar - Solar power uses specially constructed panels to absorb the sun's energy and convert it into electrical current.
Mediabend and Huffman Communications have partnered with the nations leader in Green Web Hosting Services (Rackspace). Rackspace realized that web hosting companies contribute to the problem with thier datacenter emissions. While Rackspace doesn't claim to have the answer, they are committed to doing our small part toward the larger picture. It's going to take industry leaders like Rackspace to step up and admit there are much more environmentally friendly ways of doing things.
Working with partners like NativeEnergy and The Green Grid, Rackspace is diligently working toward a goal of being a greener company. They know it's not something that can happen overnight, but by addressing the problem and educating our customers and employees, they are taking the first step toward a cleaner tomorrow.
Mediabend, Huffman Communications and all of their hosted clients know they are doing our part for a greener world.
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