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India’s first LEED Gold rated data center opened by Netmagic in Chennai

In a recent DESC India -CII released report, that studied the various sectors  in India and the potential of ICT in each of them to Cut Carbon Footprint,  Commercial Buildings had the maximum saving potential of 42%.

Earlier this year, as Panchbuta had reported , Infosys BPO  had been awarded the 5-star rating for energy efficiency by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for its building located in its Phase 2 campus in Hinjewadi, Pune. Suzlon had earlier obtained a ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating’ for  its headquarters-Suzlon One Earth. Also, Infosys BPO Limited, the business process outsourcing subsidiary of Infosys Technologies Limited, has won the ‘Platinum’ rating by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its building in Jaipur, India.

Wipro and TCS were among the top ten companies in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) in India.  At that time, as Panchabuta had observed, it was rather surprising that Infosys Technologies that has also been in the forefront of green initiatives was absent from the top ten and further held their Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) answers not public.

According to reports in the media, India managed to get its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-rated data center as late as September 2010—Netmagic’s Chennai facility. This is the first Gold Rated LEED data center in India.

According to a report by McKinsey & Company, data centers contribute a little less than 3% to overall global emissions.

 According to Jayabalan S., CTO and Co-founder of Netmagic, the green data center demanded a bit less than 10% extra over what a conventional data center would have cost. This 8-9% too, he believed would look smaller when spread over time.

According to the report, since data centers are power hungry, careful planning can lead to huge savings in terms of energy. Jayabalan said that the company was already seeing 20% energy savings in its general consumption. Water consumption too had come down by a significant 50%.Other than that, an energy-efficient lighting system has been installed and this center has a lighting power density of 0.69 W/Sq ft as against 1 W/Sq ft for office space.

In fact, cooling alone is a big component of a data center’s energy utilization. A lot of data centers abroad rely completely on natural resources for their cooling. However, in India, the climatic conditions don’t support that kind of endeavor. Going forward, Jayabalan believed that controlling the cooling component would be an essential aspect of any efficient data center.

Suzlon, in fact was the second company in the world after Google to use clean energy to power its IT Servers. According to Suzlon, at Suzlon One Earth, out of the 150 KW that it produces out of the wind turbine, solar and photovoltaic panels at the global headquarters of Suzlon Group at Hadapsar here, 30 per cent is used to power its IT server.

Earlier, Panchabuta has talked about cleantech company Artin Dynamics, that develops SPARA,a power-saving product which works on artificial intelligence (AI) technology can reduce power wastage from an idling computer. It is targeted at organisations dealing with large-scale usage of computers where manageability of power consumption is a huge concern.

We believe that this is a huge opportunity in the Cleatech space. Cleantech seems to be gaining a lot of attention among investors in India and VCCircle the leading source of independent news, information and data for the investment ecosystem is hosting the first ever VCCircle Cleantech Investment Summit 2011, slated to be held on January 27, 2011 in India.

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