May 19 2010   10:00AM GMT

IT is a load of old poo – it’s official

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

Green IT

“Information technology and manure have a symbiotic relationship.”

That quote is basically a polite way of saying IT and poo are pretty much the same thing, so thanks to Chandrakant D. Patel, the director of HP’s sustainable information technology laboratory for his contribution to the great “It is a load of old s**t” debate, in a report in the New York Times.

Patel was, apparently, talking about a report from HP that suggests cow manure could soon power datacentres. According to HP, a dairy farmer could rent out land, create a poo-to-fuel converter, and sell the energy to datacentre operators located nearby, and make a return on their investment within two years.

“The average cow makes enough waste per day to power a 100-watt light bulb,” Michael Kanellos, editor in chief at Greentech Media, told the New York Times.

Staff in large enough IT departments might want to consider relocating the office loo next to the datacentre room. Who knows, you might even earn a bonus for reducing energy costs.  

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