Federal grant to create jobs-training program at Stonehill College, Bridgewater State

EASTON —A new jobs-training program is coming to Stonehill College courtesy of a $570,000 federal grant and an emerging technology called integrated photonics.

By using light, rather than electricity, to transmit and process information, proponents of the technology say it can speed up the transfer of data while using less energy, potentially revolutionizing the storage and transfer of digital information.

Cloud computing data centers, which used nearly 2% of all energy in the U.S. in 2014 according the Department of Energy, would see that power usage cut in half after shifting to integrated photonics technology.

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