According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept for reducing water supply constraints on data centers.
Compared to the conventional wastewater treatment technologies, the process intensification by the use of Proteus Technologies could substantially reduce treatment facility space requirement where data centers can be built on the opened up spaces at water reclamation facilities. Co-locating water reclamation facilities and data centers can allow exchanging water and cooling capacities between the data centers and water reclamation facilities and create a sustainable water management solution that supports economic growth of the community while reducing dependence on traditional water supply sources which have been significantly stressed in the arid West and many urban areas.
- Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
- Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
- Jim Cooper, Arcadis