Intel and KT Corporation (a South Korea telecom) are developing data centers that operate at temperatures above 30C (86F). Data centers normally operate at 18 – 21 C (64 – 70F).
Typically A/C for a data center is a significant operating cost.
According to the US Dept of Energy …” half the power used by a typical data centers supports its infrastructure, including cooling systems …”
Even small increases in temperature can result in large energy and cost savings. “Data centers save about 7 percent on air conditioning costs for every degree they raise the temperature above 22 degrees …”
Higher operating temperature = Lower Energy Costs = Smaller Carbon Footprint.
Plans are to first deploy this technology in KTs Cheonan data center in 2013 followed by eventual deployment at all 10 of their data centers in South Korea.
Via: Environmental Leader LINK