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Data Center Energy

2020


How much water do data centers use?

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US data centers are expected to use 660 billion litres of water in 2020. In 2018, Google consumed 15.79bn litres and Microsoft 3.61bn litres, 2021. primarily for their data centers. What is this used for and how does it 2022. impact the environment?

Energy efficiency, edge compute and serverless

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We want to encourage more efficient use of cloud resources but designing incentives is hard. That changes with serverless and edge compute. Now energy usage is linked to price.

Carbon emissions aware cloud compute

The first example of carbon aware compute is uniquely suited to hyperscale cloud environments. It becomes even more interesting with carbon aware load balancing and serverless.

How much energy do data centers use?

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Globally, data centers were estimated to use between 196 terawatt hours (TWh) and 400 TWh in 2020, or between 1-2% of global electricity demand.

How can data centers use 100% renewable electricity?

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If we still generate energy from non-renewable sources, how can a data center be 100% renewable? What does 100% renewables and sustainability mean for data centers and the cloud?