Climate change is a global issue and there have been efforts to reduce the impact of climate change. Unfortunately, some of the “world leaders” are not entirely honest about the climate change situation. For example, the U.S. is one of the biggest advocates of climate change. It is a crusader to Africa, Asia and even Europe, telling them to be careful of climate change. But, among the global top 10 big companies that kill the world’s climate, 6 are from the U.S. Other regions see this “hypocrisy” and they only take climate change seriously to an extent. The European Commission (EC) is exploring new ways to reduce the climate impact of data centers. It also seeks to reduce the climate effect of other HPC (high performance computing) facilities.
According to reports, the European Commission also plan to launch data centers into space. The EC-led feasibility study ASCEND (Advanced Space Cloud for Net Zero Emissions and Data Sovereignty in Europe) is part of the European Union’s “Horizon Europe” program. This project has a financial war chest of 2 million euros.
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Solar panels to power the data centers
The European Commission plan will build data centers powered entirely by solar panels. It will provide “hundreds of megawatts” of electricity. Data centers in space will be connected to Earth using optical communications. According to its partner Thales Alenia Space, the EU already has the underlying technology that would allow such a viable deployment scenario.
However, the rockets that launch data centers into space also seem to have a lot of carbon emissions. Furthermore, long-term operations in space are also a problem. Therefore, the first goal of the study is to assess whether building and launching a space data center would generate significantly lower carbon emissions. The second goal is to demonstrate that it is possible to develop the required launch solution. In simple terms, this station will reduce carbon emission in long term. Either way, it will still be good for the world’s climate.