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Green intenet centre planned in Manchester

Computer Weekly Staff

Manchester is to build the world's first large-scale green hosting facility and internet hub using the techniques for minimising carbon emissions.

The joint project by construction company Ask:Goodman, internet hosting company UKFast and Manchester City Council aims to be operational in the second half of 2008.

The facility in Central Park, Manchester, has been designed to be carbon neutral. It will generate some of its own renewable energy using wind turbines and solar panels as well as re-use the heat generated by the servers.

Other measures include the industry's greenest servers and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.

"Servers will be designed to require as little power as possible using dual core chipsets that are 40% more energy efficient than current systems and advanced UPS, which will be 7% more efficient than today's best," said Lawrence Jones, managing director of UKFast.

A recent report estimated the electricity used by Internet hosting facilities and datacentres worldwide at 0.8% of total world electricity consumption, raising concerns about the contribution of these centres to climate change.

"We have been looking for ways of reducing the environmental impact of our hosting services, and this project will enable us to keep it to a minimum," said Jones.

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