A significant portion of the power consumed on the UW campus is used to power and cool large-scale computer rooms known as data centers. These data centers house the computer, storage and networks necessary to operate a major enterprise like the University of Washington, all of which must be powered and cooled without interruption 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Unfortunately, the energy required for these power and cooling functions generates carbon, which is a greenhouse gas detrimental to the atmosphere.
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