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A ThinGreen Line There is a ThinGreen Line between what is labeled “green technology” and that which is “truly green” by its very nature. Green Technologies Energy Producing Technologies Geothermal Wind Solar Tidal and Wave Hydro “Artificial” Photosynthesis Green Technologies

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There is a ThinGreen Line between what is labeled “green technology” and that which is “truly green” by its very nature.

green technologies
Green Technologies

Energy Producing Technologies

  • Geothermal
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Tidal and Wave
  • Hydro
  • “Artificial” Photosynthesis
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Green Technologies

Energy Efficient Technologies

  • LED’s –Light Emitting Diodes
  • Intelligrid –efficient electrical distribution
  • “Smart” homes and offices
  • CFL’s - Compact Fluorescent Lamps
  • Kill-a-Watt Power Strips
  • Computer Controlled Traffic Flow
  • And……
green impact of thin clients
Green Impact of Thin Clients
  • Lower Power Consumption
  • Less Heat Generation
  • Lighter Manufacturing Demands
      • Fewer Raw Materials
      • Less Energy
      • Less Water
  • Device Disposal
      • Less Frequently
      • Smaller
      • Fewer Hazardous Components

Simple Case Study

20 Computer Workstations


ACP Enabled Industrial Thin Client Network

20 ACP Enabled Thin Clients


2 Terminal Servers

Running a SCADA Application


Field Measurements

WorkStation Computer



Thin Client



Thin Client


2008 regional us electric rates
2008 Regional US Electric Rates

Source: Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-826, "Monthly Electric Sales and Revenue Report with State Distributions Report."


Coal Consumption

Pollution Production

and heat
And Heat?

Almost all of the power required to run your computer is dissipated as heat!

1 KW = 1,314 BTU

More Watts means more heat which requires cooling, which in turn requires more power…


Heat’s Additive Effect

Building AC


1500 BTU Cooler

210 Watts

Energy in Enclosure

138 Watts

PC & Display

WorkStation PC

96 Watts

useful life
Useful Life


Thin Client

>10 years

Office Grade

Thin Client

>10 years

Computer Workstation

5 years

device disposal
Device Disposal

Computer disposal is not free and it’s certainly not green!!!

  • Workstation PC’s
    • At least twice in ten years
    • Far more raw materials and natural resources involved
  • Thin Clients
    • Maybe never
    • Smaller
really green thoughts
Really Green Thoughts

Thin Clients require fewer raw materials, natural resources and energy to create and dispose of.

Thin Clients enter and leave the create and destroy cycle significantly less.

Thin Clients have a much smaller carbon footprint while they are in operation.

economies of scale
Economies of Scale

Computer uses 95 WATTS

Runs 12 hours per day

US population ~ 300 Million people

75% of people have a computer

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Economies of Scale

Replace PC’s with ThinManager Ready Thin Clients

Add a terminal server for every 25 Thin Clients

Annual Savings of 69 Billion kWhrs per year

US home uses 8,900 kWhrs per year

Save enough power to supply 7,800,000 homes

500 mWatt Coal Fired Plant – 3.5 Billion kWhrs

20 Coal Fired Power Plants!!!!

thinmanager saving power
ThinManager Saving Power

The On/Off Factor

  • Can you turn a PC based workstation off?
    • Real-time trending
    • Historical data logging
    • IT pushing updates and backups
    • Running remote desktop
    • Booting and application start up
  • Turn an ACP Enabled thin client off when not in use!
    • Sessions are always running on terminal servers
    • Boot and reconnect in 60 seconds or less
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ThinManager Saving Power

Why use Two When One Will Do

  • Problem
    • Fear of running diverse applications (such as HMI and Scheduling/MES) on a single plant floor computer resulting in multiple computers
  • Solution
    • MultiSession on one ThinManager Ready thin client
    • Extrapolate across 20 or more clients with terminal servers for the applications
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ThinManager Saving Power

Fear of Failure

  • Problem
    • Critical application requires two identical HMI stations
  • Solution
    • Instant Failover and Redundant Ethernet provide redundancy
    • Install second preconfigured Thin Client – small footprint, minimal space
the message
The Message

Green Impact of Thin Clients

Hidden Value of ACP Enabled Thin Clients is Made Visible

Improves Return On Investment

Reduces your Carbon Footprint

Positive Impact on Global Energy

Part of the Value Proposition