Verdantix Forecasts 2013 Energy Management Trends

Verdantix Forecasts 2013 Energy Management Trends

On-site power generation will grow and energy storage will be the hot smart grid technology this year, forecasts Verdantix in a new report.

Eight Predictions for Energy Management in 2013 says companies will ramp up on-site power generation, from pilot projects to multi-site deployments. The report says Ikea has already installed solar PV at 40 of its stores across seven countries, and has funding for an additional 124 projects, while BT plans to install 250MW of renewable energy across its UK sites by 2016.

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Fresh Air Cools Facebook Data Center; Apple Doubles Fuel Cell Installation

Fresh Air Cools Facebook Data Center; Apple Doubles Fuel Cell Installation

Facebook’s new data center in Forest City, NC uses outside air to keep its servers cool, and says this direct expansion coil system remained off throughout most of the summer — one of the hottest on record — Wired reports.

This design mirrors Facebook’s Prineville, Ore., data center the company opened in 2010 that uses 100 percent outside air economization coupled with a direct evaporation cooling and humidification misting system. This free cooling cuts power use and costs needed to operate the facilities.

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