MassNZ: A Test Bed for Data Center Efficiency

MassNZ
Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits
March 9, 2016. Image credit: geralt

The Mass Net Zero Data Center (MassNZ) is an experiment in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which is a testing center for using renewable energy for data center applications. Not surprisingly, the key is storage, and MassNZ uses heavy flywheels as part of a distributed energy storage demonstration project. This project is the only test bed of its kind in the country.

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‘MassNZ’: Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral

Mass Live, February 26, 2016

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing battery technology at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that could make the hydropowered city even more carbon neutral.

University scientists and Holyoke officials cut the ribbon Friday on the Mass Net Zero Data Center, also called MassNZ. It’s an experimental station located at the Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., which aims to make data centers like this one more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

The experiment has 6 kilowatts of solar generating capacity, enough power for about three average homes, said James M. Lavelle, manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric.

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