New York data recovery firm SalvageData has taken the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Google and other technology firms by moving toward sustainable energies for its technical centers. The companies New York hard drive recovery services centers are not especially large users of electricity – no more than the average technology company – but they are still keen to implement a new policy of a zero-carbon footprint. This is no easy aim to achieve as there are many places in which a business can be found to contribute to the carbon in the atmosphere.  Leaving a zero Carbon footprint takes more than simply buying electricity from a wind farm. The problem is that there simply isn’t enough to go around. The government is floundering when it comes to a real change of policy on energy production and usage so in the meantime companies like SalvageData have to spend time and decide themselves how they can contribute to protecting the environment for future generations.

One of the major changes in recent times is a move toward the use of hemp to produce energy, rather than fossil fuels. We are still digging coal out of the ground in vast amounts but could easily convert a lot of these power stations to operate using biomass-produced fuels. Research has shown that the alternatives, such as GM grown corn for fuel has inherent problems. The energy conversion rate for corn is good but it comes at a cost. Canola oil and sugar cane are also being grown for this purpose but none of these plants are ideal in every way.

The problem lies in the amount of input into the biomass to make them grow and top process thereafter. Corn is very inefficient in this respect as it produces starch for energy. Starch requires yet more energy to reduce it to the hydrocarbon content that is required for fuel. Conversely, hemp has a very good bio-mass conversion rate. The plant including stems and seeds produce a high energy fuel with little processing. Extraction is easy and distillation into higher energy fuels is a lot easier and less energy consuming than other bio-fuel crops. Hemp fuels are now just becoming a popular option for agricultural-based fuel production as hemp is incredibly fast and easy to grow, leaving little damage to the soil it grows in so repeated crop plantation without rotation is possible too – an important factor for biofuel growers. Hemp has an impressive 8x efficiency in biomass energy production in comparison to corn and double that of other biofuel plants.

Getting the government to maintain impetus in all this is a challenge for environmentalists but the world is changing and we are realizing that if we don’t act, it will be too late. The promotion of the use of bio-fuels would make a big difference, but progress is slow in this respect and the oil companies have a stranglehold on the world economy. Things are beginning to change however, and hopefully soon green energy will be readily available to all. In the meantime, SalvageData recovery will continue in its quest for a greener future by reducing their carbon footprint by doing whatever is possible to limit consumption and start using energy from sustainable sources.