Eni has announced the construction start of its new Green Data Center in Ferrera Erbognone (Pavia). The centre is designed to house Eni's central processing computer systems currently located in various sites around Italy.
Verne Global, an innovative, UK-based developer of power conscious data centre campuses, has announced the availability of its colocation service from its 18-hectacre campus in Keflavik, Iceland. Verne Global's data centre campus is 100% carbon neutral, drawing commercial power from Iceland's dual-sourced renewable energy power grid and utilising Iceland's ambient temperatures to provide free cooling.
ABB’s programmable logic controllers are helping to run what is believed to be the world’s first zero-emissions data centre, a facility in Iceland that gets its electricity from hydropower and geothermal energy.
Managed IT service provider InTechnology is hoping to build one of the greenest data centres in the country as part of plans to become more energy-efficient. The firm, which has a data centre in Harrogate and is building another in Reading, said it is in early negotiations to create a third building, which would be powered by human waste.
Euro Disney, which runs Disneyland Paris, has partnered with French energy company Dalkia to provide an innovative source of heat. As every computer user knows, the machines get hot and require fans to keep them from overheating. In large scale data centres, they're cooled by air conditioners. But those produces heat too, which Dalkia will collect and transmit to a nearly 6,500,000 sq ft heating network.
Replacing air conditioning with giant fans was once seen as a niche means of curbing data centres' huge energy consumption, only suitable for specialist server farms in the coldest climates. But new research has revealed that so-called natural cooling technology is becoming an increasingly common feature of the world's data centres.
Facebook will build a data server centre in Luleå, just below the Arctic Circle, in northern Sweden, attracted by the regions cold climate and low electricity prices. The centre will be operated by Pinnacle Sweden Preparations for the construction at the 35 hectare area started this week. With the plans to build two or three enormous server halls will be built.
The federal government could consider giving Australian cloud computing providers an exemption under its carbon tax regime. A spokesman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the government was confident that the tax system was yet to pose a threat to investment in cloud computing in Australia. However, he said that the government would continue to monitor the current regulatory regime's impact on the sector.
Three new data centres are showing interest in setting up shop in Prineville, but city and county officials say they need 10 more megawatts of electricity to supply start-up power for the centres. Central Electric Cooperative planned to supply it, but the Bonneville Power Administration said, not so fast.
Sentrum, a specialist in data centre solutions, has released findings from an independent research report - entitled ‘Data Centre Deliberations’ - that suggest that UK based organisations are increasingly focusing on the data centre in an effort to rapidly reduce carbon footprints. Perceived to be the area of the business where the most effective results can be seen, companies are taking action now as the pressure continues to mount on reducing carbon emissions following the introduction of the government’s mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme.
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, has announced its market-leading Avocent infrastructure management technologies have delivered 20%t greater system availability to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s data centres. NBAD is the number one bank in the United Arab Emirates.
Apple has quietly begun work on a solar farm that apparently could help power its sprawling data centre in southern Catawba County. Permits issued by Catawba County show that the Cupertino, Calif., company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data centre, in preparation of building a solar farm.
Following the story earlier this month that Facebook is set to build a data centre in Lulea, near the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden, NCC Construction Sweden has announced it has secured an order from Facebook to construct the facility. The contract has been signed with Pinnacle Sweden AB. The total order value is approximately SEK 800 million, of which NCC’s share is worth approximately SEK 400 million.
The energy system at KPMG's suburban 30,000 sq ft data centre in Montvale, New Jersey, is an example of combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. There are fourteen natural gas-powered micro offering 840 kilowatts of electricity capacity. The exhaust from this miniature power plant reaches about 315° C, but instead of being vented to the atmosphere, this valuable waste heat is captured and piped from the turbines to a pair of absorption chillers.