Gallery: Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

 

Google’s new data centers in Taiwan will keep cool during the day thanks to ice made overnight. A thermal storage system, the first of its kind for Google, will balance the company’s energy needs during off-peak night hours, when electricity is cheaper, and during the day when there is more demand on the local grid. The cooling system is another reason why Google repeatedly ranks as a leading green information technology (IT) company.

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  1. rogerskyy April 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, what an amazing technique I would have nerver thought about that. To make ice in the envening has got to me one of the greatest things I have ever heard of. I am well aware the thermal storage is nothing new but I have not heard of it being used in this manner before.

  2. dominic.rassool@me.com April 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thermal storage is not an IT innovation. Its also been around for a very, very long time. Just because its Google, they get to claim some sort of pioneering status over it.

    Read these:

    Hasnain, S.M., 1998. REVIEW ON SUSTAINABLE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES , PART II : COOL THERMAL STORAGE. Science, 39(11), pp.1139-1153.

    Cabeza, L.F. & Mehling, H., 2003. Review on thermal energy storage with phase change : materials , heat transfer analysis and applications,

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