Fujitsu Powers Near-Zero Emissions Data Center in Wind Turbine
- WestfalenWIND IT has built one of the world’s first data centers located inside a wind turbine, directly utilizing eco-friendly electricity
- Energy-efficient Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and ETERNUS storage data center infrastructure minimize the data center’s overall need for power and cooling
- Fujitsu SELECT Expert Partner Green IT – Das Systemhaus is using the data center’s services to offer its customers differentiated and cost-effective green cloud services
Designed by WestfalenWIND IT, WindCORES is a near zero-emissions tier three data center1
operating in Paderborn, Germany. It forms part of Germany’s planned transition to an environmentally sound, sustainable energy supply, while simultaneously meeting growing demand for cloud services. The wind turbine data center concept has the potential to offset the impact of the increased carbon footprint caused by businesses’ ongoing digital transformation.
Fujitsu’s energy-efficient Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers
and ETERNUS storage
systems used in the data center are playing a key role in minimizing power consumption – with enhanced power management to keep overall draw to a minimum, plus the use of highly-efficient components such as AC-DC converters and the latest generation of cooling technology. The low energy requirements coupled with the low-cost electricity produced by the wind turbine itself means that Green IT is able to pass on substantial cost savings to customers. As a result, the partner’s cloud-based services are competitively-priced, as well as being eco-friendly with a near-zero carbon footprint.
Dave Hazard, Vice President and Head of Channel and Sales Operations at Fujitsu EMEIA, comments: “Businesses increasingly expect their suppliers to be innovative both in terms of the services they offer and how they deliver them. By working with Fujitsu to co-create a solution based around virtualized services run from the eco-friendly WindCORES data center, Green IT can stay true to its environmentally-friendly values while providing choice and cost-effective solutions to its customers. The company is at the forefront of service providers creating a new ‘green cloud’.”
Christian Hoffmeister, CIO at Green IT, says: “We are focused on delivering sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective IT solutions for our customers. Unfortunately, most data centers use a considerable amount of energy derived from fossil fuels or nuclear power, backed up by diesel-powered generators in case of an interruption in electricity supply. The WindCORES solution offered by WestfalenWIND IT is the logical way for us to deliver near carbon neutral services. And, thanks to Fujitsu’s power-efficient hardware and dedicated support we are able to make them extremely competitive.”
Dr. Gunnar Schomaker, co-founder of the WestfalenWIND IT Group, says: “There is plenty of space inside many wind turbine towers for IT and Infrastructure equipment – enabling the low-emissions distributed data centers of the future. With WindCORES, providers like Green IT, are able to offer a new differentiated portfolio of cloud services to their customers, who also benefit from low power costs and sustainability, plus a reduction in their overall carbon footprint.”
Initiative aligns with support for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Fujitsu’s support for the WindCORES project is aligned with its backing for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs address global challenges including those related to climate and environmental degradation. Goal nine relates to sustainable industrialization, to ‘build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’.
Notes to editors
As a Tier 3 data center, the project is able to offer a reliability level of 99.98 percent. To date, 92 percent of the total energy consumed by the data center has come straight from the wind turbine. The data center is connected to two independent electricity providers to ensure both N+1 redundancy and continued operation during the occasional periods when there is insufficient wind to generate electricity.
Fujitsu and the environment: Fujitsu’s objective is to bring the Fujitsu Group’s CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. In addition, Fujitsu’s Climate and Energy Vision
with the goals of achieving a decarbonized society and contributing to the response to climate change through ICT. As part of achieving this vision, Fujitsu has been implementing environmental action plans which aim to: improve the environmental performance of products throughout their lifecycle, contribute to sustainable development and the preservation of biodiversity through ICT services, and the reduction of Fujitsu’s own greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact throughout its value chain.
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Date: 06 November, 2018