Facebook's Prineville data center earns LEED gold
By Erik Siemers
Facebook's Prineville data center landed its LEED gold certification.
Facebook Inc. on Thursday said its 150,000-square-foot data center in Prineville has earned some acclaim from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking giant said the data center has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "gold" certification from the council, cementing its position as one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world.
In a blog post, Facebook said the data center does away with energy-intensive cooling towers and chillers, using a sophisticated low-energy system that pumps cooled outside air into the building that is further cooled through evaporation.
It also uses custom-made servers that consume 38 percent less energy than typical servers and can operate at higher temperatures, reducing cooling needs.
The data center also employs an on-site power substation, which helps reduce the loss of electricity that is common when transferring power from far-away substations.
Facebook has been sharing its data center insights through the Open Compute Project, which is aimed at helping the industry as a whole improve energy efficiency in data centers by sharing information.
The company shared some of the lessons its learned from the Prineville operation in a post Thursday on the Open Commute Project website.
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