Google plans use of thermal storage for Taiwan Data Center

Google's Asia Pacific president, Daniel Alegre says that Google plans on using thermal storage to reduce cooling costs.

Google center to adopt green solution amid energy price hike concerns
2012/04/03 22:01:37
Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Google Inc. said Tuesday it will incorporate energy-saving solutions into the design of its new data center in Taiwan, amid local concerns over a possible increase in electricity rates. 

"We've taken that into account, into our investment in this data center, which is actually one of the reasons why we are very committed to a green solution to minimize our energy consumption," Daniel Alegre, president of Google's Asia-Pacific division, said at the groundbreakin

A bit more details are shared.

One way that Google will increase energy efficiency at its new facility is to adopt a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system, according to the company.

The world's largest Internet search engine explained that the data center will cool large quantities of water at night while temperatures are low and power is more plentiful, storing it in insulated tanks where it will retain its temperature.

During the day, especially in the summers when Taiwan heats up and power is more expensive to produce, Google will circulate that cold water throughout the facility to keep it cool.

Google Taiwan Managing Director Chien Lee-feng said the nighttime cooling system, the first of its kind to be used at any Google data center, will enable the Taiwan center to use 50 percent less energy than typical facilities.

The new facility in Changhua will be one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly data centers in Asia, with each element

If you are not familiar with thermal storage here is an Intel paper.