Thin Clients Save Energy, Spare CO2
Using thin clients instead of conventional PCs would lower energy consumption by 51 percent and reduce CO2 emissions, concludes a recent study by the Fraunhofer Institute.Using thin clients instead of conventional PCs would lower energy consumption by 51 percent and reduce CO2 emissions, concludes a recent study by the Fraunhofer Institute. The study, whose results were announced Wednesday by Igel Technology, compared thin clients manufactured by Igel to conventional business PCs. Thin clients represent "super slimmed down" alternatives to desktop PCs. Accessing information stored remotely on a server, the devices generally have no moving parts and little memory while delivering the essential application capabilities of a PC to their users. Due to the centralized architecture, an array of thin clients uses less powerand is considered by some to be more reliable and easier to managethan an equal number of conventional PCs. Thin clients have been promoted for years, but have been slow to catch on. Many thin clients run embedded operating systems, such as Microsofts Windows XP Embedded or Windows CE, and Linux. Perhaps with the "green revolution" thin clients may see more respect.
Commenting on the Institutes report, Fraunhofer researcher Hartmut Pflaum stated, "While PCs consume about 85 watts on average, thin clients including their server and data room cooling get by with only 40 to 50 watts. In view of climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions, this is an important factor."