Yahoo has opened a new 'green' data centre, inspired by the design of a 'chicken coop'.
The data centre, which is located in Lockport, New York, is made up of three buildings that are designed to use the outside air from the winds across the nearby Lake Ontario and Lake Erie for cooling. This makes expensive and power hungry cooling technology obsolete.
According to tech news site eWeek Europe, the data centre has a power use effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.08, which means that 92 per cent of the power is used by the IT hardware while 8 per cent is for powering lights. Cooling accounts for less than 1 per cent.
In a statement, Carol Bartz, the chief executive officer of Yahoo, said: “We're thrilled to unveil our world-class data centre in Lockport and take an active role in the community. Yahoo! is serious about sustainability and is leading efforts to address climate change.”