IBM India Builds Solar Powered Data Centre

IBM India has managed to develop a solar power system to power data centres that would enable companies to save on energy bills as well as help towards a greener plant.

Power cost is one of the major costs of data centres. Basically, power is required to initiate storage system as well as servers and as soon as these servers and storage systems heat up power is further needed to cool them down with air conditioning.

Data centres in the present scenario consume 1 to 2 MW of power, which shows the growing usage of internet. These days various facilities need 20 MW of power and many of such facilities are expecting to require 10 times more capability in the coming years.

This growing requirement will put pressure on the power grids of various countries. Definitely, to avoid an undesirable ramification, good amount of work and innovation is needed to find solutions to lessen consumption of power by computing systems. From very basic semiconductor level to extremely complicated level, efforts have to be put into it.

In this direction, the Bangalore Software Lab of IBM India has contributed in a big way. It succeeded in developing a system which will help the data centres to run on solar power and also this solar power system is commercially available for sale.

Senior VP of IBM's systems and technology group, Rod Adkins, said that, "Until now, no one has engineered solar power for efficient use in IT," reports Times of India.

"These technologies were developed in silos, but we are seeing huge benefits when we connect them," he added.

According to Adkins, there can be as much as 10% savings in power in developed countries and these savings could be more in developing countries.