GE Appliances & Lighting yesterday opened a new data center at GE's Appliance Park manufacturing campus in Louisville, KY, with Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
GE approached the design, construction, and operation of the facility with the intent of reducing energy consumption and lowering environmental impact, while providing tremendous computing power to support major product and infrastructure investments well into the future.
The center servers are designed to operate at 18 to 24 kilowatts per cabinet but offers energy savings of 34% compared to a typical, code-compliant building. A combination of high-efficiency cooling systems and high-density servers reduces the data center’s footprint, lowering the amount of energy needed to cool the space. Ultra-low-flow water fixtures help bring water consumption inside the building down 42% compared to the industry baseline. GE also offset 35% of the predicted annual energy consumption by purchasing off-site renewable energy.
GE noted that, with cloud and general computing continuing to expand, they be supported by growing data centers filled with servers and other IT equipment; GE points to data showing that by 2020 data centers will emit more carbon dioxide than the airline industry.
A Place in Computing History
IT centers have been a fixture at GE's Appliance Park since the advent of commercial computing. In 1954, GE bought the first commercial UNIVAC computer for the campus.
In 2011, in order to obtain LEED platinum certification, GE:
• maintained 98.3% of existing, unused factory space
• sourced 50.7% of construction materials regionally
• used 30.2% recycled materials in construction
• recycled 85.4% of on-site generated construction waste
GE said only 6% of LEED certified buildings earn platinum LEED certification.
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