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carbon-negative data center

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

A carbon-negative data center is one that effectively has a negative carbon dioxide (CO2) output, thus tending to reduce the greenhouse effect (albeit very slightly) and generally reducing its own electric consumption.

Typically, a data center is a massive, resource-using, heat-generating facility. Data centers with old direct designs can use as much power as a medium-sized city. Globally, datacenters emit 200 million tons of carbon per year, the equivalent of more than 42 million cars. Rather than contributing to that total, a carbon-negative data center can reduce it.

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the cost of electricity used as well as the costs of cooling the heated environments produced by power-hungry compute power. Both legislation and current concepts of business sustainability require the management and coordination of processes that have significant environmental impact.  As a result, efforts are being made to reduce requirements, use smart cooling designs, attain power from green sources and decrease the data center’s carbon footprint.

In Sweden, the first carbon-negative datacenter is in development. The facility’s designs include a remarkable number of design and power considerations to that end, including:  

  •  A green roof with open-air cooling, in the 41F average temperature of the region.
  • Water-saving techniques.
  • Renewable energy sources, including recycled wood from waste forestry materials like bark and saw dust, as well as wind, solar and hydro generation of electricity.

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This was last updated in February 2016

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