With the spotlight firmly on sustainability following COP26, Inspired Energy has launched an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) Calculator to highlight the energy efficiency of data centres. The brand new tool has been designed to help energy intensive data centres simply and quickly identify the potential energy, carbon and financial savings they could make through energy efficiency measures.
Inspired Energy’s PUE Calculator is
an online tool which helps data centres measure the impact of their PUE. PUE is
a way for data centres to understand how efficient they are, by taking into
account the ratio of IT load to total facility load. While it’s a good
benchmark, it becomes really effective when the score can be used to look at
how energy savings can be made – and this is where the PUE Calculator comes into
Taking just five minutes to
complete, the PUE Calculator is available online now for all data centres to
use. Once a user has generated their PUE score, all they need to do is enter
their ‘desired future PUE score’ into the calculator and it will show what the
IT and facility loads need to be to reach the new score. The tool will then
provide the user with both the financial savings and carbon savings of reducing
their PUE to the desired level.
Importantly, through highlighting
the potential energy savings a data centre can make, the PUE Calculator is a
powerful tool which then enables businesses to plan and implement energy saving
initiatives to help meet sustainability goals and manage operating costs.
As well as increasing energy costs
putting pressure on data centres to reduce their carbon emissions, in January
2021 The European Data Centre Association launched ‘The Climate Neutral Data
Centre Pact’. The self-regulatory initiative supports the EU’s climate neutral
by 2030 goal.
James Miles, Head of Specialist
Accounts at Inspired Energy PLC, comments: “We have worked in partnership with
over 130 data centre sites and this has given us a unique and in-depth
understanding of the specific efficiency challenges they face. The development of
the PUE Calculator is the result of us wanting to find a simple, yet effective
way for those responsible for energy management to take their current PUE and
look at the potential energy efficiency savings that can be made. Insight is
one of the most powerful tools we all have on the road to net zero, as it is
only through understanding energy usage and the potential for efficiency, that
we can put in place plans to meet our goals and really make a difference to our
businesses and our planet.”
Inspired Energy is a specialist in
the data centre sector and has developed the PUE Calculator following extensive
work in partnership with its customers in the industry. The energy consultancy
helps data centres with 100% renewable energy procurement, as well as providing
expert guidance on all aspects of utility and carbon management.