Green Data Centers

Solar Power in Data Centers: No Longer A Novelty?

The solar panel array on the roof of the new DataScan Technologies data center in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Solar power hasn’t been widely used in data centers because it takes a very large installation of solar panels to make a dent in their energy requirements. But the month of April has seen the debut of four new data centers featuring on-site solar generation. Read More

A Data Vault With a Green Complexion

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The BendBroadband Vault is just 30 miles down the road from Facebook’s huge new data center. But the 30,000 square foot facility, which opened its doors this week, is a data center with its own distinctive story to tell. Read More

Closer Look: The BendBroadband Vault

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Here’s a photo tour of the BendBroadband Vault, which integrates a solar array, a cooling system that uses a “heat wheel” (Kyoto Cooling) system, and an efficient design that uses chimney containment to isolate hot and cold air within the data center environment. Read More

Greenpeace Seeks Data Center Energy Disclosure

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Greenpeace International this week broadened its focus on the environmental impact of data centers, releasing a report that profiles the energy usage of the facilities powering 10 major Internet services. The group called on the largest players in IT to disclose more information about the energy use in their data centers. Read More

Greenpeace: Facebook’s Solar Use ‘Encouraging’

Greenpeace International today commended Facebook for its use of on-site solar panels to supplement utility power at its new data center in Prineville, Oregon. The positive comments followed a year of critiques of Facebook over its power sourcing to support its huge new Oregon data center. Read More

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