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The Data Center that works with solar panels in Colombia • ENTER.CO

A study by the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (Andi) cited by Portafolio, revealed this week that 72.5% of national companies do not measure their carbon footprint. This means that more than half of Colombian companies do not know the amount of greenhouse gases (such as CO2, methane and nitrous oxide) that result from their production activity. Nevertheless, Within that remaining 25.5% that does measure its emissions, there is a data center that became the first in Colombia to install solar panels to produce more than 6% of its energy. The company is called Gtd, it is of Chilean origin and its ‘Green Data Center’ is located in Medellín.

To start the transition, the ‘Data Center del Poblado’, which began operations in the capital of Antioquia in 2016, installed 67 465 W solar panels on its terrace in order to generate 31.16 kW. According to company estimates, this system will not only be able to generate 31.2 MWh (megawatt-hour) annually, but it will also be capable of reducing up to 11.45 tons of CO2 emitted annually. A good start if you consider that, according to various estimates, the ICT industry is responsible for between 2 and 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: a figure equivalent to that of aviation. .

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A report by Research And Markets forecasts that the global green data center market size will reach US$142 billion by 2026.

This photovoltaic generation project that was recognized even by the environmental corporation, Corantioquia, it cost more than $124 million and is the first made by this Chilean company in Latin America: an important step for the transformation of most of these infrastructures that the company has in the region and that represent more than 18,000 m2.

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At the moment, the future of the company looks to the department of Atlántico, where it will make an investment of more than $US$20 million for the installation of a new 6,200 m2 data center that in 2022 will deploy a network of more than 500 km. This infrastructure, which will be located 4 km from Barranquilla, will have different sustainable energy technologies, just like in Medellín.

The news comes in the middle of the third meeting of the Annual Conference on Climate Change (COP26), where the President of the Republic, Iván Duque, presented the strategy with which Colombia aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 51% by 2030 and become a carbon neutral country by 2050. The plan outlined includes the promotion of sustainable consumption, the protection of biodiversity and the energy transition towards cleaner models.

Images: Gtd

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