Data Centers and Alternative Energy Sources
Data centers in the United States consumed 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014 — an estimated 2 percent of the country’s total energy consumption. While the energy consumption growth of data centers has slowed in recent years thanks to efficiency improvements — 4 percent since 2010 compared to 90 percent between 2000 and 2005 — the industry is still a major energy consumer. To combat these high levels of energy use, companies such as Google and Microsoft are making the jump to transfer their operations to run with more renewable energy.
Here are three innovative types of renewable energy sources to consider for your data center — and even if they’re out of reach for now, hopefully they can provide some inspiration for the future.
Data centers are changing rapidly, and, as they become reliant on environmentally-friendly practices, there will be some winners and losers. Winners will be data centers that create energy-efficient infrastructures that combine software, construction, and utility in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way. Losers will be data centers that rely on diesel generators and traditional power generation.
Why will active energy players be more effective in the years to come? Here are three reasons this kind of power generation will save you money — and can be feasible for your data center.