TACC and UT Austin, along with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which acts as a Japanese government agency, and NTT Facilities, will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its high-performance computers.

Energy efficiency in data centers is a major focus in the technology industry today, and the project positions Texas as a leader in both the renewable energy and data center industries. It will help promote efficiency among scientists who are using advanced computing technology — and provide new educational and research opportunities for UT Austin students and faculty members in emerging energy systems.

Specifically, the partnership will install and test key components of an efficient, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) data center infrastructure and a new solar farm at TACC. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2015, and a one-year demonstration project will launch after construction is completed. The solar farm and HVDC equipment will then become a permanent part of TACC's data center infrastructure.

Funding Source(s)

  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • In addition, a combination of federal and industry funding during the course of the program will take full advantage of the research and educational opportunities this project provides.

Related Link(s)

Dan Stanzione

Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
dan@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-471-2763

Nathaniel Mendoza

Manager, Technical Infrastructure
nmendoza@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-471-2763