More companies are looking to power data centres with alternative fuels, such as burning wood chips and methane.

A “green” data centre currently being completed in Slough will draw power from a combined heat and power plant located on the same trading estate, which burns wood chips, waste paper and fibre fuel to generate electricity, hot water and steam.

Blue chip companies, such as BMW and Lehman Brothers, are increasingly looking for innovative solutions to the crazy power consumption levels of their data centres.

It might be another urban myth, but there is talk that due to the power consumption at some City-based finance institutions you had the equivalent of under-floor heating on the pavements outside the buildings.

Whether that is true or not, this does seem a sensible solution to a growing environmental problem.

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