04 Aug '11, 3pm

Green Data Centers are Growth Industry, Thanks to Huge Energy Demands

Large data centers have been increasingly in the news for the huge amounts of energy they consume to process the billlions of tweets, videos and data that travels across the Internet. Green data centers are expected to grow to a $41.4 billion business by 2015 . GE acquired a company that specializes in energy efficiency for data centers for $520 million this year. Energy consumption by large data centers doubled from 2000-2005, according to a 2007 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report to Congress. The EPA forecast that energy use would double again between 2005-2010, but that hasn't happened, according to a Stanford University study requested by the New York Times. Electricity use has risen dramatically, however, rising 56% worldwide during that period, and 36% in the US alone. In 2010, data centers consumed 1.1%-1.5% of the world's electricity, and 1.7-2.2% in the ...

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