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Photonic Technologies Energize Sustainability

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With the goal of reducing global CO2 emissions, manufacturers and researchers press forward with photovoltaics, including perovskite and tandem technologies.

HANK HOGAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

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...Read full article

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