Data Center Energy Demand: Is the Grid Overmatched?
A report from Northbridge Energy Partners examines the increasing demands of data centers and the limitations of power grids.
The report, which was written by Peter Kelly-Detwiler, says that demand is growing both in terms of storage and processing. This has led to more super computer data center and high performance computers. Indeed, the amount of energy used by data centers had grown to 3 percent of all electricity used, which is an increase of 100 percent during the past five years.
As time passes, downtime will become more costly, which will put more focus on the power grid to be reliable. However, datacenter efficiency efforts are unlikely to keep pace with the growing demands. One innovation that can help, at least to some extent, is modular data centers. These structures can be added on an as-needed basis. They are cooled in a more flexible and efficient manner than traditional datacenters, which leads to savings.
- eBook: Five Key Considerations for Integrating Renewables into Your Procurement Strategy
- Financing Environmental Resiliency and a Low-Carbon Future with Green Bonds
- Planning for a Sustainable Future
- Improve Occupant Comfort & Reduce Energy Costs Through Humidity Control
- Strategies for a Successful EHS&S Software Selection
- Top 10 Steps for a Successful EMIS Project
- There’s Money in the Trash
- Practical Guide to Transforming Energy Data into Better Buildings
- The Corporate Sustainability Professional's Guide to Better Data Management
- 10 Tactics of Successful Energy Managers