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Deconstructing Data Center Decarbonization

Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for reducing your data center carbon footprint is a critical but challenging endeavor. Hitachi uses a data-driven, holistic approach to measure the total data center. Carbon footprint through a detailed understanding of the emission sources. From initial planning to optimization, Hitachi leverages real-world sustainability experience, capabilities, and partnerships to provide you with a complete view of data center components and deliver effective data center decarbonization solutions.

Why Data Center Decarbonization and Why Now?
Why Data Center Decarbonization and Why Now?

Data is increasing exponentially. Data centers now comprise about 3 percent of the global electricity supply and account for about 2 percent of total GHG emissions. Further, energy costs are rising and data center managers are looking to incorporate renewable energy sources.

Increasing public pressure and regulations are driving companies to prioritize data center environmental sustainability while balancing these ESG commitments with cost and data center performance objectives.

Overcoming Data Center Decarbonization Challenges
Overcoming Data Center Decarbonization Challenges

Disparate data sources, data format and quality issues, and the timeliness of data make even basic reporting a challenge. When reports are available, they are often too high-level and hide opportunities for carbon reduction impact.

An effective data center decarbonization plan must involve IT management, data center/facilities management, and sustainability management. Facility Managers focus on building and mechanical, power supply, and power equipment sustainability efforts, while IT Managers focus on IT infrastructure sustainability, application efficiency, and operational change management. Sustainability and Data Center leaders are working to ensure that sustainability solutions address all these cross-functional elements and span the entire carbon footprint.

Industry leaders want an integrated platform that supports their collective decarbonization efforts and allows groups to collectively set measurable targets, monitor progress to goals, engage in scenario planning, and report results to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Our Data Center Decarbonization Solutions
  • Our Data Center Decarbonization Solutions
  • Our Data Center Decarbonization Solutions
Our Data Center Decarbonization Solutions

Our end-to-end suite of data center carbon reduction solutions addresses numerous challenges associated with your data center facility and your related hardware, software and operational components. Hitachi’s combined portfolio of green data center solutions can help you progress in your sustainability goals, regardless of where you are in your data center decarbonization journey.

Carbon Insights Platform (CIP)

Our CIP solution will provide increased visibility and understanding of data center carbon sources to enable Data Center Sustainability leaders to effectively analyze, plan strategies, and audit results. CIP enables measurement and verification, data consolidation, dashboard reporting, scenario planning, and program management. Our digital platform increases transparency for all stakeholders, provides real proof of carbon reductions, and integrates with existing asset platforms like EMS, BMS, and DCIM.​

Application Carbon Footprint (ACF)

The Application Carbon Footprint helps companies understand the carbon footprint for an application based upon the following: consumed IT infrastructure (storage, servers, network), consumed data center power, and shared data center overhead. By empowering data center managers with this knowledge, they can develop strategies to reduce carbon impacts.

Data Center Optimization Solutions

MV Micro-grid

Medium voltage microgrids utilizing Solid State Transformers and converters to materially reduce power efficiency loss and enable a path to diesel generator replacement.

Battery Energy Storage Systems

Integrated battery storage systems for power quality management, backup power, and harvesting on-site generation to lessen carbon impact.

HVAC Artificial Intelligence

Virtual sub-metering, monitoring, and management platform to optimize HVAC-related technologies, and minimize carbon footprint. Results: 5-20% gas/electric reduction.

Immersive Cooling

Immersive cooling site analysis, design, and implementation to understand financial, operational, and carbon impacts. Results: Up to 50% Energy Reduction, up to 40% more CPU Performance.

Virtual Store Arrays

Modern storage hardware built for performance, scalability, resiliency, efficiency, and carbon footprint optimization.

Application Modernization

Review of data center-consuming applications for efficiency, scaling, flexibility, DC infrastructure, and footprint reduction.

Our Approach

Our systematic approach to understanding and reducing your data center carbon footprint includes:

Build a strategic, aligned roadmap by understanding carbon reduction targets, today’s realities and data-related challenges.

Drive GHG reductions and operational mandates through prototype dashboards, KPIs, baseline metrics, and consolidated data.

Identify opportunities for carbon reduction and greater operational efficiencies by leveraging deeper, asset-oriented assessments and analytics.

Implement asset replacement and improvement strategies to reduce carbon footprint, and confirm expected impacts, utilizing advanced modeling and recommendation engine​ capabilities.

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