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Canadian data centre provider eyes carbon capturing concrete for new builds

Canadian data centre provider Compass Datacenters has revealed of all its facilities will be built with CarbonCure concrete.

The innovative environmental material, developed by fellow Canadian outfit CarbonCure Technologies, is made by injecting re-captured CO2 into the concrete manufacturing process.

According to the CarbonCure, the procedure dramatically reduces the amount of cement required to mix the concrete, which is important as cement production accounts for 7 percent of global CO2 generated. On top of that, it’s a pretty handy way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.


Google to stop developing AI for oil and gas extraction following damning Greenpeace report

Google has pledged to stop developing AI tools that help the energy sector with oil and gas extraction. 

The company made the announcement hours after Greenpeace released a report comdemning public cloud giants for providing technology to oil and gas companies that inflicts more damage on the environment. 

Microsoft and Amazon were also singled out in the ‘Oil in the Cloud’ report for providing the struggling sector with high-powered computing and cloud tools that reduce production costs.


EcoDataCenter readies world’s first deployment of chassis-level immersion liquid cooling

EcoDataCenter has announced it will be the first company to offer Schneider Electric, Iceotope and Avnet’s groundbreaking liquid cooling technology for customer’s hosted IT workloads.

The company will install the technology at its recently launched 8MW colocation facility in Falun, Sweden, which the company claims is the world’s first “climate positive” data centre.

The solution, announced by Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet in December last year, will initially cool power densities of 46kW per rack, although it is capable of scaling to power densities of over 100kW per rack.


Data centres aren’t using as much energy as we thought

Researchers have criticised what they call the “conventional wisdom” that data centre energy utilisation is spiralling out of control, claiming such narratives ignore the great gains made in data centre efficiency.

Revised global data centre energy use estimates were published last week in the journal Science by researchers seeking to clarify the environmental impact of the server farms that underpin the cloud and much of our digital world.


Data centres and the environment: A bifocal lens

Those in the data centre industry today know that we are living in exciting times. Just 5-10 years ago, we were using buzz words like Internet of Things, machine learning, 5G,  hyperscale, cloud computing, edge computing, etc.

These things are now very real and are forming the catalyst of the data centre boom we are currently experiencing. The world has caught on to the use of technology in virtually every aspect of our lives from teacherless classrooms using extended reality (XR) to autonomous driving; from the fully automated and connected home to advances in medical technological applications.



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