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Batteries 2023 

By John Peterson | Jun 07, 2023

There have been reservations about implementing Lithium-Ion (LI) batteries for data centers, however they have been the preferred energy source for most portable power needs, from cell phones to electric vehicles.  Although the electrolyte was deemed a safety hazard due to flammability and overall runaway thermal gain, many industries have reacted to ensure safety features, monitoring, […]
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Jumping on the ChatGPT bandwagon? 

By John Peterson | Jun 06, 2023

Would you be surprised if this was written by a generative text AI such as ChatGPT?  It wasn’t, but now this is entirely possible, unlike even a year ago.  And often when a ‘buzz-targeting’ TV report or article is presented to an audience there is the twist reveal that some or all of it was written by […]
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Renewable Energy Procurement 

By John Peterson | May 08, 2023

One of the leaders in sustainability for hyperscale data centers – Google – shared in 2017 that they had achieved their goal of purchasing 100% renewable energy, having procured more than 7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.  This is equivalent to the amount of energy used by small countries or states in the U.S.  This accomplishment was outlined […]
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Justifying using water and cooling towers for data centers

By John Peterson | Apr 11, 2023

Evaporative cooling is an integral part of many data center cooling systems as engineers know the benefits of the efficiency achieved by using them.  Water is by far a more effective medium for removing heat than air, especially when using evaporation to keep data centers cool.  Cooling towers are one of the main means to […]
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Project managing the design processes

By John Peterson | Apr 11, 2023

Getting projects complete can result in brilliant results, but the process to get there can be painful.  This can be a lack of project management processes, meaning that more time is spent on some project phases and not enough time on others.  Implementing these processes helps with getting data center projects, with the latest in […]
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GDCM Podcast S4-07

By John Peterson | Mar 30, 2023

Welcome to Season 4, episode 7 of the Green Data Center podcast.  If you'd like to hear anything about the data center industry, we're happy to discuss it here on the podcast or we can reply directly to you. The best way to reach out, of course, is to use the website greendatacenterguide.com and there […]
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2023-03 Solar Review

By John Peterson | Mar 29, 2023

As the demand for data centers increases, so does the need for energy to power them. In the last several decades, solar power has re-emerged as a viable solution for meeting the energy needs of data centers. With the right infrastructure and technology, solar power can be an effective and efficient solution for powering data […]
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The End of Greenwashing

By John Peterson | Feb 07, 2023

In recent years, data centers have been under increasing scrutiny for their energy consumption and carbon emissions, and with the demand for computing ever-increasing, the energy consumption of data centers has been growing rapidly.  In the past, the trend of “greenwashing” for data centers was emerging, where companies made exaggerated claims about environmental benefits of […]
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ASHRAE 2023 Winter Meeting: Liquid cooling on the rise

By John Peterson | Feb 07, 2023

The highly attended ASHRAE 2023 Winter Meeting of Technical Committee 9.09, has gone through many name changes and currently covers Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.  The meetings were held in Atlanta and walked the group through many of the same topics they have released books and articles on over the […]
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Why location matters for data centers

By John Peterson | Jan 17, 2023

Location plays a crucial role in the design and operation of data centers. Here are a few reasons why it can matter between two similar sites: Climate: The temperature and humidity levels in a location can have a significant impact on the cooling and ventilation requirements of a data center. For example, data centers in […]
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