Running the Internet giant Google requires a lot of electricity. Industry experts claim its 13 data centers continuously draw 260 million watts. An estimated billion searches a day alone consume 12.5 million watts.
In this digital world, we’re never far from our smartphones and tablets. Shopping on the web has become the new normal, and though we know left from right, our GPS is at the ready. That’s a lot of information, and we need data centers to house, organize and transmit that big data.
With the goal of reducing power consumption of the ever-expanding population of high-density data centers, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently investigated the energy-reduction potential at three U.S. data centers.