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In 2007 the University of Birmingham upgraded one of its computer clusters, replacing 70 traditional workstations with equivalent specification but lower energy TFT-PCs. Based on laptop technology, the compact PC is quieter, operates at a lower voltage, and generates less heat when compared with a standard PC. A knock on benefit of lower heat generation is lower air-conditioning energy consumption. Because this innovative design, developed by a local company, requires no base unit, it requires less space. And it is more accessible to the users. Therefore, by way of this IT innovation, the University saving energy, money and space while fostering local innovation.
The link will take you to a range of case studies from JISC, which includes the University of Birmingham.
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