Oct 8, 2020

Switch only colocation data centre operator in SEIA top 10

Sustainability
colocation
Cloud
Harry Menear
2 min
With 179MW of installed photovoltaic capacity, Switch has placed seventh in the SEIA’s annual rankings of US companies by solar adoption
With 179MW of installed photovoltaic capacity, Switch has placed seventh in the SEIA’s annual rankings of US companies by solar adoption...

In its latest report on solar power adoption by leading US companies, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has ranked Switch seventh for photovoltaic power capacity. The SEIA report, entitled Solar Means Business is an annual measurement of the US’ progress adopting renewable solar power. 

"The world's most recognizable brands are walking the walk when it comes to their clean energy commitments," said Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of SEIA. "Businesses are choosing solar energy because it can significantly curb their energy costs and add predictability during these uncertain times. We expect that the corporate sector will make greater investment in solar as businesses make and follow through on clean energy commitments to address the climate crisis."

While Apple, Google and Facebook were also present in the top 10 (along with Walmart, Target and Amazon) Switch is the only dedicated colocation company to have made it onto the list. 

Switch operates some of the largest and most technologically advanced data centres in the world from its headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to the SEIA’s report, the company has a total installed capacity of 179MW of solar power. 

In 2016, Switch began construction of two solar power stations in Las Vegas, Nevada with a combined 179MW of capacity. In combination, according to the SEIA, the two facilities have the ability to power all Switch data centers with 100% renewable energy, remove the equivalent of 50,000 cars off the road, and eliminate 265,000 carbon tons of emission from the environment.

"It is an honour to again be named as one of the Top 10 industry-leading, global technology companies and the only colocation data centre technology ecosystem in the world on the Solar Energy Industries Association's Solar Means Business list," said Switch EVP of Strategy Adam Kramer. 

"This acknowledgement affirms and further cements Switch's position as a leader in sustainability, which tremendously benefits our customers, the communities where we operate and our planet."  

According to both the SEIA and Greenpeace, Switch leads the colocation industry in terms of balancing sustainability with hyperscale infrastructure in an industry which is responsible for massive carbon emissions each year. 

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

Portacool
Kuul
cooling
Sustainability
2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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