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Data Center World 2023

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

Overcoming Data Center Water Challenge through Sustainability and Renewable Power Balance

alise porto  (VP of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives, Switch)

Pat Mulroy  ( Water empress of Vegas and consultant, Sustainable Strategies)

Location: Room 10AB

Date: Wednesday, May 10

Time: 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Industry Conference, Standard, AFCOM Vendor Member

Track: Colocation, Hyperscale and Cloud Innovation

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Many data centers still need water to help their data center's function. Whether it's for dissipating heat from equipment, or other uses – there is an even greater focus on how data centers use water, track water consumption and the impacts on our environment. To solve these challenges, data center leaders like Switch developed a strategy to work with public and private industries to revolutionize water use in the data center industry. Also working through innovative solutions for the balance of reducing water consumption which increases power use and renewable power to offset increased power.

In this session, you'll learn about the development of a 4,000-acre-foot effluent water pipeline in Northern Nevada, allowing the companies like Switch to run its entire multi-million square foot Citadel data center campus on 100% recycled/effluent water. This is the first regional public private partnership in the regions history.
Specifically, you'll learn about:
The formation of the public and private partnership and how it created new jobs
Design and architecture of the water pipeline and the unique nature of the development
Key benefits to nearby communities including reducing nitrates, enabling the construction of up to 25,000 additional homes, and protecting local wildlife and certain endangered species
How this project now allows other partners in the development area to use 100% recycled water. Those partners include, Google, Tesla, Redwood Materials and certification of water restoration project.

Lastly, we will touch on the balance of reducing water consumption and increasing renewable power use and innovative solutions