Solar and water construction key in the future of data center sustainability

It’s estimated that the number of online devices will reach 29 billion in 2030, up from 18 billion in 2018. As a result, the global data center market will grow, with some forecasts saying the market will reach $517 billion by 2030, up from $187 billion in 2020. With the impressive expansion comes growing urgency—and opportunity—to make data centers more sustainable. Boosting sustainability without compromising the performance of the data center requires deep expertise in many fields, according to Mulligan. These include sustainable power generation and transmission; data center performance requirements and construction techniques; relevant local and regional regulations; water treatment construction and more. “The combination of solar, water and data center experience is a rare find in the construction industry,” says Patrick Malone business development manager for PCL’s Civil Infrastructure Division. “It helps us to find win-wins for our clients and for the environment.”

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