U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
Reducing the federal government’s #energy use is one of the Energy Department’s high priority goals. Storing #data more energy efficiently helps achieve this goal.#OptiBit, winner of this year’s MIT Clean Energy Prize, developed an innovative approach that helps data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information and saves energy and money. The patented #technology brings the high bandwidth and energy efficiency of fiber optics to #computer chips (pictured below), resulting in a product that uses 95% less energy than the current copper-based technology. OptiBit took home $275,000 in prizes—including the $75,000 DOE prize—and punched its ticket to our fourth annual National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition this #summer in Washington, D.C. Learn more about this start-up and the national competition:http://go.usa.gov/3kFjw.