Today in Cleantech

Rich Miller over at Data Center Knowledge has his top 10 data center trends of 2011 and it’s just striking how many of them are about energy efficiency. On the sustainability tip, he points out the growth of air economization as a more efficient cooling method (#6) and opening up data center designs to help everyone design more efficient data centers (#7). What was most fascinating was trend #10, “renewables and site location.” A recent online poll at the site showed that readers were three times more in favor of the statement “renewable sources must be included” than “the price of power is paramount.” If data centers start demanding clean power sources, as it looks like Facebook is set to do, that will further change how data centers are located and built.