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Google Plans Thermal Storage System for Data Center

A Google data center planned for Changhua County, Taiwan, is to use a thermal storage system, Data Center Knowledge reports.

Thermal storage systems, typically made of ice or liquid coolant, are used to cool buildings in the day through a heat exchange when outside temperatures and electricity rates are at their highest and air conditioning systems are at their most costly.

At night, when temperatures and electricity prices drop, the ice or coolant is refrozen or cooled, ready for use the next day.

Google says the data center should one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly data centers in Asia. The facility will cost about $300 million to build and Google hopes it will be online by the second half of 2013.

In March, the internet giant announced that its data center in Georgia was the internet firm’s first U.S.-based data center to conserve water using a water reuse system. The system, financed by Google and owned by the Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority, is helping to keep the Chattahoochee River clean and conserving the reservoir’s water supply, the water authority said.

Earlier in the year, Google jumped to first place in Greenpeace’s Cool IT Leaderboard, a ranking of global IT companies’ efforts to fight climate change.

One of the leaders in thermal storage systems, Colorado-based Ice Energy, announced in February that it is using AT&T’s Enterprise On-Demand wireless device control system to more efficiently manage its roof-mounted Ice Bear machines.

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