22 Apr 2009 06:04:03
British data centre powering local residents
An £80 million data centre opening in Britain's capital will transform its waste heat into energy for commercial and domestic residents in the local community.
Telehouse West, a joint venture between environmental consultancy WSP Group and information technology and telecommunications services provider Telehouse Europe, is situated in the Docklands area of London.
Managing the waste heat produced by cooling solutions is one of the biggest environmental concerns associated with data centres, as well as one of the most significant costs.
However, exporting it for use by homes and small businesses in the surrounding vicinity will allow the green data centre to substantially reduce its carbon footprint.
Bob Harris, technical services director of Telehouse West, said: "Any attempt to address the lack of space within the data centre industry has to be undertaken with a level of environmental awareness."
It is estimated that this drive for greater energy efficiency will save the data centre up to 1,110 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, while providing 9 megawatts of power to the local neighbourhood.
According to research published this month by analyst IDC, green initiatives are becoming "ingrained in the fabric" of technology companies, with 68 per cent of these firms rating energy efficiency and cost savings as key considerations.
Some 85 per cent of respondents claimed that IT has a significant role to play in reducing the environmental impact of their organisations.http://www.wspgroup.com/en/Services/environmentandenergy/