Top tier Internet media company Yahoo is going extremely energy efficient today in what is said to be one of the world’s most energy friendly data centers. This center, located in Lockport, Niagara County, New York will use a combination of its location’s cool climate, prevailing winds and hydropower to keep the 120-by-60-foot server buildings cool and save energy normally used up by ventilation concerns.
The Lockport Yahoo facility, according to the company, is the first implementation of its new green data center design, called the Yahoo Computing Coop (YCC). Also dubbed the Yahoo Chicken Coop by some, it is said to mimic “the long, narrow design of a chicken coop to encourage natural air flow 100 percent of the time, resulting in an annualized average of less than 1 percent of the buildings’ total energy consumption being required to cool the facility.” It has a reported low power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.08, compared with the industry average of 1.92. Putting this in other terms, this particular data center reportedly will save enough energy to power more than 9,000 New York state households or approximately 1.1 million laptops for a year.
“We’re thrilled to unveil our world-class data center in Lockport and take an active role in the community,” said Yahoo’s Carol Bartz. “Yahoo is serious about sustainability and is leading efforts to address climate change. That’s why we believe in creating highly efficient data centers that minimize the impact on the environment.”