Facebook’s Forth Worth data center will be solely powered by wind energy
Facebook has unveiled that it is building a data center in Fort Worth which makes this one the fifth data center along with the ones in Prineville, Forest City, Lulea and Altoona. Seeing the huge influx of increasing user-base and growing database of Facebook apps and services. According to Ken Patchett, Director of Data Center Operations, West Region, this data center is going to be the most advanced and efficient data center that Facebook has built.
The USP of this data center is going to be its self-sustainable aesthetics since it is going to be powered by 100% renewable energy. To be precise, the data center will be powered by wind energy. Facebook is in close quarters with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation and Starwood Energy Group to produce wind energy to power the data center. Approximately 200 MW of energy will be produced and transferred to the Texas grid 90 miles from data center.
The data center will be cooled down by outdoor air that will reduce energy consumption drastically
The data center will be cooled by using outdoor air (even in the harsh summers) thereby reducing electricity costs drastically. To make the data center clutter-free there are going to be single server pods connected to a single high-performance network.
The data center is already under construction on a 17,000-acre site in Clay County and it will deliver renewable energy by 2016. This all will reduce the overall costs by billions and combined with other data centers, Facebook is looking to expand in a big way.