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Data Centre World Virtual 2021

Fri 23 Jul 2021 |

Data Centre World Virtual 2021: an event to discuss real-world issues

Techerati was happy to welcome over 1900 attendees to the Data Centre World 2021 virtual event. Thanks to everyone that helped make this year’s event a roaring success!

Sustainability

In 2021 and beyond, data centre owners and operators are looking at efficiency and sustainability, as a way to make the most of limited resources while managing their environmental footprint. In the opening panel discussion on 7th July, Techbuyer welcomed panellists from Equinix, CISPE and OVH, and Critical Facilities Efficiencies Solutions. The discussion centred on the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact: its aims and objectives, and its methods of sparking conversations around data centre sustainability globally.

A number of key players in the data centre industry have signed the pact, pledging to meet aggressive power use effectiveness (PUE) targets, purchase renewable energy, conserve water, recycle equipment, and explore options for reusing waste heat in a productive manner.

The participants in the pact believe that the data centre industry can be carbon-neutral by 2030, stating, “This year more than ever, the data centre sector is focusing on ways to provide more with less. Efficiency has always been a key part of discussions.” Some providers, like CyrusOne, have reached the goal of powering European data centres with 100% renewable energy ahead of schedule.

Renewable Energy Storage

A topic close to the heart of sustainability is renewables: specifically, renewable energy storage. Energy storage solutions are critical in reaching sustainability goals – there must be a way to store renewable energy for future use. However, the storage system must be evaluated as well, to ensure that the environmental impact of renewable energy storage is minimized, while its usefulness is maximized. In the future world of data centre ownership and operation, sustainability is a critical component of TCO, and renewable energy storage is expected to play a large part in it.

Data centre owners and operators have a unique opportunity. Evaluating the direction that renewable energy storage will take from both a utility and an environmental standpoint means that companies can make greener choices from the start, rather than making adjustments after the fact. At Data Centre World 2021, a panel of experts from OVO Group, IHS Markit, ABB, and Vertiv discussed the pros and cons of new technologies that are currently being explored for storing renewable energy, including lithium-ion, blue sodium and fuel cells.

Planning Construction to Reduce Carbon

Sustainability was an important factor in the keynote presentation on the first day of the Data Centre World 2021 event. Nancy Novak, Chief Innovative Officer for Compass Group, put her 30 years of experience in construction to work, discussing the ways that modern construction strategies can significantly impact the carbon footprint of data centres.

This discussion included using green materials, such as green concrete and sustainably sourced steel, and green construction practices like prefabrication and factory-style construction environments.

There is also an opportunity for energy efficiency initiatives to help reduce carbon footprint in the construction phase of data centres, not just the operational phases. If new facilities are designed and built with energy efficiency and environmental goals in mind, they can also be designed with the flexibility to meet future needs. In this way, owners and operators can also extend the viability of their facilities, and take longer in between structural changes and rebuilds – creating a further positive impact on the carbon footprint of a data centre.

Data Centre World 2021 Award Winners

We took some time during the event to recognize data centre industry leaders that have made a significant contribution to the global data centre industry in a variety of ways.

We are delighted to announce the winners for our inaugural event:

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Facebook with Cundall

MOST SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED DATA CENTRE:
Green Mountain

GREEN DATA CENTRE OF THE YEAR:
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BEST DATA CENTRE OPERATOR:
CBRE

ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR:
Aceleron Ltd

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO IMPROVING RESILIENCE THROUGH INNOVATION:
Enel X

BEST TALENT DEVELOPER:
CBRE

INNOVATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR:
Green Revolution Cooling

 A big thanks to everyone that attended and participated in the Data Centre World 2021 virtual event! Join us at next year’s in-person event, to be held in person, 2nd & 3rd March 2022!

Written by Fri 23 Jul 2021

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carbon footprint renewables sustainability
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