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Friday, August 10, 2012

Facebook's Prineville data center has a sophisticated cooling system that allows it to conserve water.

The cornerstone statistic — water usage effectiveness, or WUE — came in at .22 liters per kilowatt hour for the second quarter of 2012.

Water usage effectiveness is a fairly new measure for data center efficiency — The Green Grid consortium of green data center experts published a paper on it last Spring. Facebook, which is committing to publishing its WUE on a quarterly basis, may be the first company to release the stat to the public.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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