IBM is building a new datacenter at Syracuse University from the ground up and it’s using the opportunity to install power generation and HVAC equipment that would be impractical in all but the most extensive overhauls. One piece of the puzzle actually addresses both, according to GreenerComputing.
A key element of the project involves looking at the entire structure of the data center, more than just the hardware and software inside. Starting with where the power for the facility comes from, the groups will build an on-site electrical co-generation system using a natural gas-fueled microturbine engine to generate all electricity for the center and provide cooling for the computer servers.
Because the output from the turbine is DC, the data center itself will also run on DC power — which will save both on energy wastage from the DC-AC conversions, but also presents challenges in adapting the hardware to run on direct current.
The heat generated by said turbine will be used to power AC equipment and provide heating to campus buildings, which will undoubtedly come as a nice perk during those long, cold winter months up there.