Things Have Changed

How Sustainable Data Centers Can Help Us Achieve Our Climate Goals - with Dr. Bharath Ramakrishnan

November 06, 2022 Things Have Changed Season 16 Episode 5
Things Have Changed
How Sustainable Data Centers Can Help Us Achieve Our Climate Goals - with Dr. Bharath Ramakrishnan
Show Notes

One of the highest consumers of electric power are data centers. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the data center industry, accounts for approximately 4% of global electricity consumption and 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

To top it off, the carbon dioxide emissions of data centers are comparable to that of the aviation industry.The data center industry is responsible for more greenhouse gases than commercial flights  🤯 

And so the pressure is on for them to achieve net-zero emissions!

The growing intensity of computing power as well as high performance demands has resulted in rapidly rising temperatures within data centres. More computing means more power, more power means more heat, more heat demands more cooling, and traditional air-cooling systems consume massive amounts of power which in turns contributes to the heating up of sites.

So what can we do??

Our guest today, Bharath is at the forefront of this exact problem and is working on some very exciting sustainable methods of reducing DC energy footprint to help us achieve our NetZero goals.

Throughout this conversation with Bharath, Shikher and I learned so much about why Data Centers are starting to become an industry to watch. Although we’ve branded it as one of the most profitable businesses of the 21st century, we acknowledge that it’s also going to continue to take a toll on our environment.

Researchers and engineers like Bharath are the people that are working to improve the way we use technology, so that it doesn’t have to be technology vs the environment. As a lover of technology, maybe you can start learning about these problems and help building the solutions for the future of data centers. We’re putting some links in the description to help you get started! And you heard him! Reach out if you’d like to know more!

Until next time… Stay Curious!

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