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Backup system will help Cogeco go green without going dark for Earth Hour

The annual Earth Hour challenge to cut energy use to a bare minimum for the good of the planet is especially d...


March 24, 2010  


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The annual Earth Hour challenge to cut energy use to a bare minimum for the good of the planet is especially difficult in the power-hungry data centres that are essential to most organizations, but Cogeco Data Services says it has developed an “Earth-friendly” solution.

 

The data communications provider has developed a system capable of maintaining operations for its entire facility without relying on traditional power generation.

 

During Earth Hour, from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, Cogeco Data will disconnect from the electrical grid and generate its own clean power using its natural gas generator.

 

The generator allows Cogeco Data Services to power its entire co-location facility using clean burning natural gas, a power source that “produces up to 45% less carbon emissions than oil and coal burning power generation (17% of the total electricity generation in Canada can be attributed to the combustion of coal or oil).”

 

By disconnecting from the electrical grid during Earth Hour, Cogeco says it will ease demand on the system and reduce electrical consumption within the City of Toronto by up to 447 KW – the equivalent of powering down 71 residential homes for one hour.

 

‘Data centres often require large amounts of power to service equipment,’ says Virginia Brailey, the firm’s vice president of marketing. “It is up to the IT industry to develop innovative ways to accommodate this need in an environmentally responsible way.”