1. Articles in category: Hydro

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    1. Falling for hydro all over again by carol wilson

      Falling for hydro all over again by carol wilson
      You can’t deny there’s a romantic ring to the idea that Niagara Falls will power Yahoo!’s next data center, being built in Lockport, N.Y. And while this is a recent development, hydroelectric power was the first renewable source of energy sought by those building data centers. The reasons are obvious – there’s nothing uncertain about hydroelectric power – its costs and benefits are well established, as is the technology that enables man to convert moving water into electricity. Before there was a major environmental push, major data center builders such as Google sought out river-side location for their largest operations, such as Google’s Oregon data center complex on the banks of the Columbia River.
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    2. Scottish Data Center Village Raises $1B

      Scottish Data Center Village Raises $1B
      Internet Villages International said this week that it has secured nearly $1 billion in financial backing for its planned 3 million square foot “data center village” in Annandale, Scotland. The company also said it will partner with APC by Schneider, which will provide the technology and infrastructure for multiple data centers on an initial 125-acre phase of the development. IVI’s long-range plans for the campus, known as ALBA1, include more than 3 million square feet of data center space with a total development cost of 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion). Internet Villages did not identify the investor who had committed to provide 600 million pounds ($979 million) to back the project. One of the major marketing points for IVI and Scotland locations is the ability to design a data center around renewable energy sources.
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    3. International Hydropower Association World Congress

      International Hydropower Association World Congress
      Melting banks. A tumbling currency. More lousy Björk singles. Iceland's pride has taken a pummeling over the past year. But delegates at this summit will discover that the Arctic nation still has one thing to boast about: its ability to turn water into watts. Hydroelectric dams generate more than 80% of Iceland's electricity. That cheap, clean power could reenergize the economy by attracting electricity-hungry industries. Alcoa has opened a $1 billion aluminum smelter in eastern Iceland, and Microsoft and Google are reportedly considering the country as a data-center site.
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      Mentions: Iceland
    4. The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney

      The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney
      Recent market trading in Europe and U.S. estimates put the price of carbon at around $20 a ton today. By 2010, the non-profit Investor Responsibility Research Center thinks that the world will see pricing of $28.24 per ton, says Forbes. Regardless of the mechanism – a flat carbon emitter tax, cap-and-trade policies, or carbon offset buys – data center operators have to start factoring in the cost of carbon into their operation. First, let’s be honest: It is hard to predict the future with great certainty, doubly so when we move from lies, damned lies, and statistics into the realm of computer modeling built on assumptions that may or may not have to do anything with the real world. However, having said that, barring a sudden set of breakthroughs in energy generation and/or conservation, your electric bill has a good chance of having a carbon tax built into ...
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      Mentions: Doug Mohney Forbes
    5. Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell

      Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell
      It’s no secret that companies today are facing mounting pressure from government agencies, media and the concerned public to take major steps in reducing the environmental impact of their traditionally power-hungry data centers. Their efforts range from implementing basic energy assessment programs and enacting green design initiatives to using more eco-friendly materials and seeking out new power sources. In today’s tough economy though, it can’t be just about going green for goodness sake. Smart companies are seeking out opportunities for environmental projects that also work to whittle away at the corporate bottom line. Search for an area of rising cost where a reduction has an overall environmental benefit to a company’s green portfolio. Energy is the most obvious example. As such, power consumption has become a popular target area for greening a data center, but as companies are finding out, it’s not sufficient on its ...
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    6. Iceland is Looking Better than Ever

      Iceland is Looking Better than Ever
      A new study by US real estate specialist, Grubb & Ellis, has identified a pending shortage of data center space in the US. According to this report by DataCenterKnowledge, the situation is becoming critical for companies with large requirements. Jim Kerrigan, director at Grubb & Ellis’ National Data Center Group says there’s only six sites in the US right now that can support 7 megawatts of power or more than 50,000 square feet of contiguous space. Kerrigan and Grubb & Ellis should know too. The company is a major real estate consultant, advisory, brokerage service providers with offices across the US and it is its business to know when people are looking for particular types of real estate, or have rental capacity available. With the US government’s recent announcement that it wants to adopt cloud services, and the global credit crunch delaying new builds, the situation is so bad that ...
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      Mentions: Iceland
    7. Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center

      Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center
      It’s official: Sabey Corporation will build a 525,000-square-foot data center campus in Quincy, Wash., the company said today. Sabey will break ground this summer on Intergate.Quincy, which will feature three data center facilities on 40 acres. Sabey Corp. decided to build the campus in Quincy after its leasing success at its Intergate.Columbia in nearby East Wenatchee, where T-Mobile and VMware signed on as tenants within a year of groundbreaking. Sabey, a Seattle-based developer, began evaluating prospects for a data center in Quincy in 2007, and has listed the project on its web site for several months. The new development continues the data center building boom in central Washington, where Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask.com and Intuit, have opened large data centers, drawn by the area’s low power rates and clean hydro-electric power from nearby dams on the Columbia River. Sabey notes that while the other projects ...
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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
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