With millions of set-top boxes and modems in customer homes and an ever-growing number of devices connected to them, the demand for bandwidth, and therefore energy, grows too.
However, one of our companies, Ziggo in the Netherlands, has come up with a completely new solution to reducing our energy usage. Edge facilities (data centers connecting homes and businesses to the wider network) need a stable temperature to maintain peak performance. While higher demand leads to an increasing number of edge facilities, we want to manage that expansion in an environmentally responsible way.
In response, Ziggo built revolutionary phase-change material (PCM) into the fabric of new technical buildings. PCM keeps temperatures even by absorbing warmth from the air by day and then releasing it back during the cooler night. The result is that these sites use 40% less energy and zero refrigerants.
Ziggo already has 31 PCM sites, with more on the way, and in 2016 we plan trials in other locations across Europe.