Mar 26, 2024

Data centre power use 'to surge six-fold in 10 years'

Chief executive John Pettigrew said the power those data centres use would increase six-fold in the next decade. Most observers agree that whatever that future looks like, data centres will be a part of it. Official data showed that in the Republic of Ireland, which is home to the European headquarters of several big tech firms such as Google and Facebook-parent Meta, data centres accounted for nearly a fifth of all electricity used in 2022.The amount of electricity being used by data centres in the country has risen by 400% since 2015 and ignited debate about capacity. Quantum computers, which process data differently to regular computers and can complete complex calculations very quickly, are still mostly being used experimentally to see what they can do. Future data centres may have built-in nuclear reactors.

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