María Belén Gómez
Fiber optics and planet care
Technological advances are increasingly focused on caring for the planet. That is why the development of fiber optics is focused on achieving a positive impact on the environment. Now, how does the relationship between the Internet, communications, fiber optics and environmental benefits arise?
Digital age, but avoiding maximum carbon emissions
After the progress of the last 15 years in the digitalization of daily life and the use of the Internet on a large scale, Internet networks installations has become a new problem when ti comes to for the care of the planet. Weaving these large connections requires millions of resources such as cables, control towers, devices and computer implements, which, when manufactured on a large scale, can become a real chaos.
According to studies, Co2 emissions correspond to 36million per year, of which 1.5 billion come from the digital technology sector. The Internet thus produces 4% of total emissions.
However, the way in which this figure is to be reduced is by guaranteeing the massive use of fiber optic operation, since by emitting pulses of light and not complete electricity as it was previously, the use of polluting materials is reduced, and a stable and faster connection is maintained, guaranteeing less time of use and helping to take care of the planet.
What makes a difference in caring for the planet?
Although it may seem that taking care of the planet is a task of a few, it is demonstrated that the current commitment is given from all areas of global development. From digital technology and more precisely from the Internet as a tool, there has been an important evolution from DSL ADSL connection systems to the current FTTH fiber optic.
The large-scale implementation of the new fiber optic technology is beginning to accelerate, as it has been verified that the transmission is done with a significant reduction of electricity use, and at the same time the amount of CO2 emissions is reduced. This is due to the fact that, in order to take care of the planet, less connection infrastructure is used, leaving aside the great use of metals and plastics necessary in the old connections. And the type of transmission shortens the time of electrical use thanks to the efficiency and stability of the connection.
Raw materials: quality and resistance
Substituting materials used for the old connections, is made by some of higher quality in the optical fiber, this refers to the great commitment that from the digital has been assumed for the care of the planet.
Since, raw materials such as silicon tetrachloride, allow to make effective the functionality of the transmission cable. Having a positive impact on the quality of the final reinforced product that gives durability. The replacement of materials such as copper cable that has a transmission level of approximately one meter, is another of the changes that occur in the use of optical fiber, which has a lossless transmission report of about 40 mtrs. Approximate distance.
The optical fiber has been cataloged as a low impact waste, it is part of the electrical waste from small appliances. It has a possibility of repair to extend the useful life, and in case of not being able to give a second life, the materials that compose it are able to be recycled in an independent way to give later operation to new technological tools.
Therefore, they help to avoid the exploitation of non-renewable raw materials, and allow a recirculation of the elements, which makes the care of the planet a reality.