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It could be a greener world, thanks to photonic technologies. That’s the conclusion of a 2020 study1 forecasting that photonics could eliminate 3 billion tons of CO2 emissions annually by 2030.
Paris-based consultancy Tematys contributed to the study, which showed the extensive impact of photonics. For instance, optical communication reduces the energy needed to move data around and will save an estimated 40 million tons of CO2 emissions yearly, or 1.3% of the 3 billion ton total. Additionally, some data center operators — including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft — buy renewable energy among the mix of sources they use. These operators either already have or are moving toward 100% renewable sources. Some of…READ MORE