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As part of NTT America’s energy efficiency initiatives, they monitored advancements in energy conservation technologies and selected Bloom Energy’s proven fuel cell technology, running on directed biogas. The fuel cells at the Lundy data center will be connected to a natural gas pipeline, and utilize biogas from a California dairy farm to generate electricity on-site. Distributed generation means electricity is generated where it will be used, allowing NTT America to reduce the amount of energy loss due to transmission across power lines, increasing efficiency and trimming costs.
“As one of the major data center operators in the world, we recognize the importance of energy efficiency and the need for distributed generation and use of clean fuels,” said Kazuhiro Gomi, president and CEO of NTT America. “Equally important is our enterprise customers’ interest in, and support of, energy efficiency both from the environmental and cost reduction avenues. As a key driver for the future of the data center, NTT America will continue to evaluate, support and deploy technologies that can be environmentally sound and cost effective for our customers.”
Data Center Use Increasing
Earlier this month AT&T announced that it would install fuel cells at 11 sites in California to generate 7.5 megawatts of power. Bloom Energy officially unveiled their fuel cell in March 2010 and noted several large customers including Bank of America, Coca-Cola, eBay, FedEx, Staples and Wal-Mart.
NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of NTT Corporation, who is listed #31 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Other energy efficiency initiatives include hot aisle/cold aisle server rack design, aisle containment solutions, high efficiency computer room air conditioner (CRAC) cooling systems, distributed electricity generation and dynamic temperature sensor/control technology. NTT America’ operates six Enterprise Hosting data center locations in the U.S. throughout New York, Connecticut, Virginia and California.