Fortune Data Centers to earn $500K Energy Trust award for Hillsboro project

Fortune Data Centers is opening a data center in Hillsboro it says will save more than 48 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 10 years.

Fortune Data Centers on Wednesday said it expects to land a $500,000 award from the Energy Trust of Oregon for the energy efficient design of its new Hillsboro data center.

San Jose, Calif.-based Fortune announced in October that it would turn the former Etec Systems chip plant in Hillsboro into a 240,000-square-foot data center.

The Energy Trust award, Fortune says, is based on three design elements of the new facility: Its 99 percent efficient uninterrupted power supply, its use of water as a cooling mechanism, and the way it separates the servers that produce the most heat from the ones that produce the least heat, which helps cool the facility more efficiently.

“Like other Fortune facilities, the Oregon data center benefits from state-of-the-art energy efficiency and control—including 100 percent aisle containment, as well as the ability to take advantage of Oregon’s clean and inexpensive power,” Fortune Data Centers CEO John Sheputis said in a news release. “The commissioning data was better than expected, demonstrating an unprecedented level of efficiency for a wholesale facility.”

Fortune expects the Hillsboro data center to save more than 48 million kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 43 million pounds over the next 10 years, which it said was equal to planting 2.6 million trees.


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