Published On: Mon, Sep 20th, 2010

Yahoo Goes Green with its Chicken Coop design

Yahoo has announced in a press release that it has opened today a state-of- the- art and Green data center designed to mimic a Chicken Coop for maximum energy conservation.

According to the announcement, “Yahoo! Inc  today unveiled one of the world’s most energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective data center buildings in Lockport, Niagara County, New York. The state-of-the-art facility uses a combination of innovative data center design and Lockport’s naturally cool climate to dramatically decrease its electricity use throughout the year.”

The announcement goes on to explain that this green, eco-friendly center ” mimics the long, narrow design of a chicken coop to encourage natural air flow 100 percent of the time, resulting in an annualized average of less than 1 percent of the buildings’ total energy consumption being required to cool the facility”.

According to the key points liste by Yahoo, the Lockport Data Center will :

  • Consume at least 40 percent less energy, and at least 95 percent less water than conventional data centers.
  • Save enough energy to power more than 9,000 New York state households annually.
  • Save enough energy to power approximately 300,000 CFL light bulbs for one year, running 24/7.
  • Save enough energy to power approximately 1.1 million laptops for a year.
  • Save more water per year than flows over the Niagara Falls for a minute straight (4 million cubic feet per minute is what the Falls flow on average).
  • Save enough water in one year to provide drinking water for 200,000 people to sustain a healthy life. (Approximately 180 gallons per year per person is the average amount of drinking water over a lifetime.)

A step in the positive direction indeed! For more details, click here to go to the press release.

 

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