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Data Centres: Shades of Green Enablement

Do data centres & ICT stand in the way of global environmental goals or are they already enabling our green future? Derek Webster says it’s time to look at the facts


Apple invests in groundbreaking wind turbines to power Viborg data centre

Apple is investing in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines to supply energy to its new Viborg data centre in Denmark.

The tech giant said the 62-gigawatt hours of energy produced by the 200-metre-tall turbines in Esbjerg will advance its 2030 carbon-neutral goal, announced in July.


Rethinking data centre Total Cost of Ownership

We are living in a Connected Everything Era, with data centres rapidly expanding and depleting environmental resources. As an integral part of urban communities, they require abundant spaces and remain the primary driver of global energy consumption in the foreseeable future.

This demand is disruptive during times of both peril and opportunity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Covid-19 has altered the demands of digital infrastructure 24×7 around the world. What we learned from previous economic dislocations, such as the dotcom bust or the 2008 financial crisis, is that data centre providers adapt, emerge, and stay resilient.


EU data centre consultants sound alarm over grid infrastructure resilience

More than half of data centre consultants in Europe have expressed concern about the capabilities of the local grid and energy infrastructure’s ability to meet current data centre demand.

That’s according to a new report from power and temperature solutions company Aggreko, which surveyed 700 data consultants who provide specific consultancy to data centre operators, with regards to design, energy and engineering.

Aggreko conducted the report to gauge how the sector views the resiliency of the electricity grid, as hyperscale, edge and colocation data centre construction continue apace.


Microsoft powers data centre servers with hydrogen fuel cells for 48 hours

Microsoft has continuously powered a row of data centre servers for 48 hours using hydrogen fuel cells, the tech giant announced Monday.

Microsoft powered a row of data centre servers for 48 hours using a 250-kilowatt fuel system built by Utah-based developer Power Innovations, based on a concept system tested at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2018.

The system uses proton exchange membrane or PEM hydrogen fuel cells which combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce water vapour and electricity.