Echelon Data Centres has produced a podcast series to combat misinformation about data centres, explore the issues facing the industry, and provide insight into the data centre landscape.
Data centre sustainability, energy supply, green and
alternative energies, and the thorny question of cooling technology are just a
few of the topics addressed Power and Responsibility – the Data Centre
Although the ongoing series has been commissioned and
produced by Echelon, the podcasts feature independent industry and academic
experts in their relevant specialist fields and are free of promotional
Damien Gaynor, Chief Marketing Officer at Echelon Data
Centres, said that the Power and Responsibility podcast has been created
to present the industry, regulators, and the general population with relevant
information about the challenges facing the data centre sector in Ireland at a
time when it is beset by well-meaning but often ill-informed public and
Mr Gaynor comments: “Power and Responsibility talks about the things that matter both to the industry and to wider society. The very name of our podcast series reflects the importance of data centres to a modern lifestyle and the responsibility that operators have to ensure that they are run in a sustainable manner.
“Data centres are essential infrastructure. The global
pandemic has demonstrated how much our economy is becoming reliant on the connected
digital tools that they facilitate – things like videoconferencing for work, 5G,
e-commerce, entertainment streaming, artificial intelligence, and the internet
“We believe that it is incumbent upon data centre operators
to operate sustainably – to look after the people and communities in which they
operate, to focus on delivering economic benefit, and to mitigate and reduce
their environmental impact. One example of this is the value that data centres are
adding to the nation’s power ecosystem by helping enable the transition to 100%
“In our podcast series, we explore some of the areas that
will assist in data centre sustainability – liquid cooling for example, which
increases power usage efficiency, the potential for green hydrogen production
on sites with ready access to renewable power, and alternative energy sources
like biogas to power CCHP generators.
“We also bust a few myths. Contrary to the popular view,
data centres do create jobs, do deliver economic benefit and aren’t going to
suck the country’s power dry. And we look under the bonnet of sustainability
itself and find out what actually makes it work.”
There are currently five episodes of Power and Responsibility – the Data Centre Podcast. They can be found on the Echelon website, and also on Spotify, Amazon Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.