Energy saving is an issue that has gained great importance due to the recent supply cuts in different countries of the European Union. With the idea of guaranteeing uninterrupted supply, the Government has approved an energy saving and efficiency plan for companies with measures that concern temperature and lighting.
The technology sector has been facing the challenge of reducing energy consumption for years, since it uses about 3.5% of the energy worldwide. Added to the need to find formulas to improve its efficiency are these government measures ruled in line with the fulfillment of European commitments arising from the conflict in Ukraine.
“The implementation of energy saving measures has been a great challenge for the IT industry for years, a fact that now extends to other types of sectors and that we must assume in solidarity with the current situation. Technology companies carry out different energy efficiency formulas that manage to reduce consumption significantly, but now more than ever it is necessary to find new measures that contribute to greater savings”, assures Pep Alfonso, head of engineering at Fibratel.
Aware of the need to adopt new proposals in line with those proposed in the energy saving plan, Fibratel, a global integrator of IT solutions, proposes three formulas so that technology companies can guarantee energy savings without interrupting service:
- Use of LED technology. Lighting savings is one of the key points of the savings plan proposed by the government. In this sense, the electrical installation must seek to meet the energy efficiency criteria. Thus, LED technology is a great alternative to conventional lighting sources, since it produces more light per watt, which translates into energy savings of up to 90%. Not only that, according to Fibratel experts, having a connected, intelligent and automated LED lighting system provides an extra percentage of energy savings. And it is that, thanks to automation, the light becomes dimmer or turns off when they do not detect anyone nearby. To achieve a good energy saving system thanks to the use of LEDs, it is important to carry out a preliminary study of each space. Thus, it is necessary to carry out the design and engineering of the solution tailored to each particular case with the aim of seeking the highest performance with the lowest cost and maximum energy efficiency. Precisely, the Fibratel experts work on the engineering, design, execution and conservation of the electrical installation, focusing efforts on saving energy in line with government plans and under individual demands.
- Low consumption processors. Data processing centers entail high energy consumption. Specifically, consumption in Europe reached 201MW two years ago, a figure that is getting higher and higher. That is why it is important to emphasize improving the energy efficiency of DPCs and focus efforts on the infrastructure, which is undoubtedly what consumes the most energy in these facilities. In this sense, low consumption processors are a clear bet for more and more companies since they reduce energy consumption by 10%. In addition to the installation of these processors, many companies are beginning to opt for direct current for power distribution in the data center. And it is that, when the energy changes from alternating current to direct current, energy is lost and, therefore, the fewer conversions the current undergoes, the greater the efficiency.
- Cloud Migration. There are many companies that are already committed to the cloud for the administration and storage of their data in a more efficient and sustainable way. Traditionally, companies opted for cloud technology for its security, cost savings and greater agility. However, more and more companies value the sustainability aspect of migration. And it is that, according to data from Accenture, companies that decide to migrate to the cloud reduce energy consumption by 65%, which in turn translates into a reduction of 84% in carbon emissions. In addition, companies that embark on the path to the cloud can reduce the energy consumption of their applications by up to 50 times by transforming the appropriate programming language for each specific task.
“Energy consumption in the IT sector is increasing, so working to raise awareness and search for energy efficiency measures in all areas of technology companies is essential to reduce consumption as much as possible, not only to comply with energy saving but to improve sustainability and take care of the environment”, concludes Pep Alfonso, head of engineering at Fibratel.