Can wind farms be used as data centres?
Techbuyer is a global leader in the buying, refurbishing and selling of IT equipment. They have recently partnered with WindCOREs to provide refurbished hardware for an innovative project changing how data centres are powered.
Big data, big energy
Data centres are relatively new features on our landscape and many people are unaware they even exist, as they often occupy featureless industrial buildings. However, running data centres is a highly energy-intensive process. In fact, data centres currently use an estimated 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity per year – roughly 1% of the total global electricity demand and more than the energy consumption of some countries.
Winds of change
Techbuyer partnered with WindCOREs, an innovative IT hosting provider, on a project in Germany to site a data centre within the pillar of a wind turbine. As well as ensuring that IT equipment was powered by renewable energy, the project showed how a data centre can be located at the power source itself, removing the need for separate infrastructure. Techbuyer provided refurbished hardware for the project which, when combined with the savings on data infrastructure, provided a great example of making the most of existing assets.
Champions for the environment
The ER Excellence Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering, display forward-thinking design and implementation, and champion the highest environmental, safety and energy efficiency standards. Techbuyer recently won the Sustainable Project of the Year at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards, for their project in partnership with WindCORES.
This story shows how Techbuyer supports Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, specifically Target 7.2: “By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”
Techbuyer is a global leader in the buying, refurbishing and selling of enterprise IT equipment. Founded in 2005, Techbuyer has grown from a company run by just two people, to a global business with multiple warehouse facilities located worldwide.
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