Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image - NYT

Home > Events > EE & RE Exhibition > News > • Branch News > Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image - NYT

Show Pages

Data Centers Waste Vast Amounts of Energy, Belying Industry Image - NYT

Power, Pollution and the Internet

 

 

Ethan Pines for The New York Times

.... Most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an
incongruously wasteful manner, interviews and documents show. Online
companies typically run their facilities at maximum capacity around the
clock, whatever the demand. As a result, data centers can waste 90
percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid, The Times found.

To guard against a power failure, they further rely on banks of
generators that emit diesel exhaust. The pollution from data centers has
increasingly been cited by the authorities for violating clean air
regulations, documents show. In Silicon Valley, many data centers appear
on the state government's Toxic Air Contaminant Inventory, a roster of
the area's top stationary diesel polluters.

Worldwide, the digital warehouses use about 30 billion watts of
electricity, roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power
plants, according to estimates industry experts compiled for The Times.
Data centers in the United States account for one-quarter to one-third
of that load, the estimates show.

"It's staggering for most people, even people in the industry, to
understand the numbers, the sheer size of these systems," said Peter
Gross, who helped design hundreds of data centers. "A single data center
can take more power than a medium-size town."....

http://www.nytimes.com/

 
 
Exhibitions & Conferences

Waste Management & Recycling

Sofia Sport & Healthy Life Exhibition

Via Expo is a Member of:


Bulgarian Association of Recycling


Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association


Bulgarian- Swiss Chamber of Commerce


German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce


Bulgarian Industrial Association

News


Adopting a Green Lifestyle

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  What values are implied by the word ‘green’? Images: I’ve always struggled with the word “green.” I’m not quite sure what “green building” means, but most definitions include the idea of environmental responsibility...
23/09/16|02:32 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

TV Energy Labels May Be Misleading

Subtitle:  A study by the National Resource Defense Council claims manufacturers ‘exploit’ a loophole in government test procedures Images: Recently manufactured televisions could be using twice as much electricity as shown on government-required EnergyGuide labels as makers exploit a weakness in the Department of Energy's test procedures, the Natural Resource Defense Council says...
23/09/16|12:12 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

EUR 150 Mio support for a biomass and waste-fired cogeneration plant in Lithuania approved by the EC

The state owned energy group of Lithuania is building a EUR 345 million biomass and waste-fired...
19/09/16|04:40 -- enercee.net

Nevada Solar Customers Win a Round

Subtitle:  Customers who have already installed photovoltaic (PV) systems will keep full retail net metering Images: Homeowners in Nevada with photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow...
19/09/16|03:54 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Georgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise Trend

Subtitle:  In Sandy Springs, Georgia, wood structural components won't be allowed in large buildings over three stories tall Images: For some builders and architects, wood is the building material of the future, with lower costs and less embodied energyEnergy that goes into making a product; includes energy required for growth, extraction, and transportation of the raw material as well as manufacture, packaging, and transportation of the finished product...
16/09/16|04:27 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

Indoor Microbes and Human Health

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  How do the bacteria and fungi living in our homes affect our health? Images: The word “health” is usually reserved for living things. Our children can be healthy or unhealthy, and so can our pets and the apple trees in the back yard...
16/09/16|02:29 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

GE Will Drop Heat-Pump Water Heaters

Subtitle:  After a 2012 launch, sales prove disappointing despite efficiencies much higher than conventional electric units Images: Improved energy efficiency, utility incentives, and a federal tax credit aren't going to be enough to save GE's GeoSpring heat-pump water heaterAn appliance that uses an air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water...
14/09/16|12:38 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

A Web-Based Information Resource From the DOE

Prime:  prime Subtitle:  The Building America Solution Center aims to be a one-stop information library for energy-conscious builders Images: The Building America program, a branch of the U...
09/09/16|02:15 -- greenbuildingadvisor.com

 

 

2016 edition
was realized under
the patronage of:

 

With the Support of:

 

Media Sponsor:

 

Official Media Partner:

 

Official Hotel:

ViaExpo