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Putting data centers in space could reduce their carbon footprint, European study finds

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🗞️ Driving the news: Thales Alenia Space's feasibility study suggests deploying data centers into space could be a sustainable and economically viable solution for data hosting and processing

🔭 The context: Data centers, essential for AI and computing power, consume significant energy and water
• The European study, funded by the EU, compared the environmental impacts of space-based versus Earth-based data centers

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Space data centers, powered by solar energy outside Earth's atmosphere, align with the EU's carbon neutrality goals by 2050 and could reduce the carbon footprint of digital infrastructure

⏭️ What's next: Thales Alenia Space plans to further consolidate and optimize the study's results, exploring the development of less emissive launchers for space data centers

💬 One quote: "Deploying data centers in space could transform the European digital landscape, offering a more eco-friendly and sovereign solution," said Thales Alenia CTO Christophe Valorge

📈 One stat: Data centers and transmission networks accounted for about 0.9% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, per the International Energy Agency

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