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Energy Efficiency

Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Data Center Infographic (+ Opportunities for Efficiency Improvements)

May 16th, 2011 by  

Data centers use a ton of energy, as the infographic below from ABB (“Powering the cloud”) will show you. I shared a related infographic on the data centers of the world’s biggest websites a few weeks ago, which I think was quite interesting and eye-opening, but the infographic below gives us even more perspective and discusses some key recommendations for making data centers more efficient. Check it out if you are interested in this topic and how to improve the efficiency of these tremendous energy consumers (click on the infographic to enlarge it).

Clearly, the energy use of the IT industry and data centers, in particular, is a huge topic today and will be an even much bigger topic in the years to come. Solutions such as those identified and emphasized below by ABB are tremendously needed, as well as increased implementation of renewable energy and smart grid projects.

More infographics.


  1. “Cleanest” and “Dirtiest” Internet Data Centers (Yahoo & Google Rock! Apple & Facebook.. not so much)
  2. Look Inside the Biggest Websites’ Data Centers {INFOGRAPHIC}
  3. Is the Internet Hurting Our Environment? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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About the Author

Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he’s also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don’t jump to conclusions.

  •  It takes alot of energy to power the cloud.

    But what would we bloggers do without it?

    If i couldn’t upload files from my ‘droid to my dropbox, there would be great sadness…

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  • Jon K

    How about more efficient software?

    We  software guys used to joke it was our job to make the software slower faster than the hardware guys make the hardware faster.

    We won.

    Seriously, for decades now we’ve been using more and more hardware resources to make writing and maintaining software easier, quicker and cheaper.  Of course at any given time in the evolution we worked hard to optimize whatever stack there was to get the highest whatever number.  But the stacks kept growing and growing and the hardware jocks kept blowing us away with amazing Moore-ian progress.

    Maybe it’s time to put a pile of effort into cutting through the amazing layers of generalizing systems to reduce back from millions the number of instructions it takes to echo a darned keystroke.

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