The Intel Energy & Sustainability Lab (ESL) was announced by Intel CTO Justin Rattner alongside Taoisearch Enda Kenny and European Union Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn. The lab is expected to drive Intel's research in applying information technology to a low-carbon economy and is strongly linked with European Union's 2020 sustainability goals.
The ESL has been set up under the aegis of Intel Labs Europe (ILE), which was established in 2009 to improve Intel's alignment with European R&D. ILE consists of more than two dozen R&D locations employing more than 1,500 researchers with a further 9 labs and 2,000 R&D professionals added through Intel's acquisition of Infineon's wireless communications group. Intel did not indicate how much money is being spent to create the laboratory or how many researchers would be employed there.
"Europe's future depends on competitive industries that are able to grow and create jobs. This means investing in research and in new technologies and in creating a climate that boosts innovation. We are facing an innovation emergency. We need much more innovation in Europe, and we need it fast," said Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, in a statement issued by Intel.
A number of research projects were also announced including: collaboration on integrating electric vehicles into Ireland's electricity grid; a plug-in device that monitors energy usage and provides wireless reporting to a home energy management station; a personal office energy manager (POEM) that Intel will begin piloting in November with a French electricity company.
Intel has also announced its membership of the Friends of Supergrid (FOSG), a group of companies creating a European electricity grid –mainly based on direct current – designed to facilitate sustainable power generation in remote areas for transmission to centers of consumption.
Internally the Intel ESL has redesigned an existing server farm on the Leixlip campus to make better use of ambient air cooling and other techniques with projected energy savings of more than 20 percent.