“The cloud” continues to play an increasingly important part in our lives, allowing us to communicate with friends, collaborate with colleagues and to manage our increasingly digital lives. However, the vast data centers which power this technology consume significant amounts of energy and account for an estimated 2 percent of global carbon emissions. What’s more, demand for cloud-based services is set to soar in the coming decade.
To illustrate this issue ABB has prepared an infographic showing some of the major impacts and mitigating solutions.
Energy efficiency solutions are a key focus for ABB as a provider of power and productivity technology. ABB on May 12 announced an addition to its efficiency solutions for the data center business with an investment in Validus DC Systems, a provider of breakthrough direct current technology that can reduce power losses by up to 20 percent.