The cloud is getting greener, with a growing number of server farms supported by renewable power, according to a new report from Greenpeace. The environmental group, which has been one of the data center industry’s toughest critics, now says it has seen meaningful improvement in the use of green energy by cloud computing platforms. The […]
Insights: Data Center Energy
Electricity is the lifeblood of every data center. At Data Center Frontier, we're exploring new frontiers in data center energy as we see data centers in new places. Some of these new facilities will seek new sources of energy, especially renewable technologies such as wind and solar, as well as landfills and other sources of biogas. Other technologies, such as Bloom Energy fuel cells, may prompt consolidated approaches to power architecture.
We're interested in how modular data centers and other design innovations allow new methods of deploying Internet infrastructure, creating opportunities to make use of solar arrays, wind turbines, fuel cells, combined heat & power (CHP), microgrids, and the recycling of server exhaust heat to warm buildings through district heating.
Switch has emerged as a leader in the data center industry’s effort to power its operations with renewable energy, according to Greenpeace, which gave the Las Vegas-based company top marks in its Clicking Clean report for 2017.
As FORTRUST expands its Denver data center, it will use Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supply (DRUPS) from E1 Dynamics to provide emergency power during utility outages.
One Wilshire, the iconic carrier hotel in downtown Los Angeles, has begun infrastructure upgrades that will add up to 28 megawatts of power for additional data center capacity.
Aligned Data Centers and Swedish energy company Climeon are partnering to harness low-grade waste heat and convert it into energy. The technology is already used to generate energy from cruise ship engines.
Infomart Data Centers works with utilities in Silicon Valley and Oregon to source electricity from other energy suppliers, allowing it to choose suppliers offering cheaper or greener power for its customers.
Active Power has introduced a flywheel UPS system that can supply emergency power for as long as a minute. It hopes the new flywheel, which spins faster than previous versions, will expand the market for flywheel-based UPS systems.
Lithium-ion batteries, which power smartphones and laptops, are now being used to keep data centers online. Forsythe Data Center near Chicago is an early adopter of Lithium-ion UPS technology.
Our Executive Roundtable discusses at the data center industry’s progress on using renewable energy, the economics of procuring green power, and the renewable options that offer the most potential going forward.
America’s data centers have dramatically improved their energy efficiency, resulting in a small increase in power use during a period of explosive growth for cloud computing services.