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  • Writer's pictureJaime Ventura Energy Consultant


Updated: Mar 15


Environmental pollution from big data centers

Off Grid hybrid Solar Plants for Data Centers installations are now under the most searched way to power big energy consuming companies, and it is estimated that by 2030, data centers demand will increase up to 10 times its current levels, equaling 13 percent of global electricity consumption.

At 2021, Google has data centers in 21 states. Facebook has nearly 15 million square feet of data center space completed or under construction, with several million more feet in the planning stages. Uber provides 15 million trips a day in 600 cities in 78 countries around the world, making the company a major user of data center infrastructure.

Electricity is the fuel that runs these data centers. Power use at data centers in the United States, as example, has grown at about a 4 percent rate annually since 2010 and is expected to hit 73 billion kilowatt hours this year 2020, more than 1.8 percent of the country’s total electricity use, according to the Energy Department’s US Data Center Energy Usage Report. These centers contribute about 2 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Then, how to avoid environmental pollution from big data centers?

Our job, based in the Integration Coefficient IC, is to promote to many companies that generate huge amounts of electricity, like data centers, the possibility to switch to Solar Off Grid hybrid renewable energy with maximum benefits/costs ratio. Integrating power quality, power reliability, and energy efficiency management results in a more sustainable power system that not only provides high-quality, reliable power, but also minimizes waste and emissions of CO2.

Most of the scientists agree that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2040. The disadvantages of non-renewable resources are that they release many pollutants, greenhouse gases and other harmful by-products when they are used. The mining of fossil fuels can cause irreparable damage to the environment. These resources will eventually run out, and they cannot be made in a human time frame. The use of nuclear power plants are also harmful to the environment because they release toxic waste, which can sometimes be disposed off inappropriately. The consequences of a nuclear reactor meltdown can be very devastating to the surrounding environment.

The benefits of renewable energy sources are that they do not release any harmful emissions that contribute to global warming, they offer opportunities for new jobs, and there is an endless supply. Solar is a perfect example of sources that will never end.

Why solar hybrid is becoming so popular as now being considered as the first power option for Data Centers? Very simple: Solar energy generation pricing is the cheapest you can get in many places across the world by Improving technology and life spam, as well as increasing levels of productivity together to improving the efficiency of the supply chain.

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