LCA of Energy and Material Demands in Professional Data Centers: Case Study of a Server

  • F. PeñaherreraEmail author
  • J. Hobohm
  • K. Szczepaniak
Part of the Sustainable Production, Life Cycle Engineering and Management book series (SPLCEM)


Professional Data Centers (PDC) quantity and their related energy consumption is in a continuous growing trend, with corresponding increments in the material demand. While the amount of energy during operation phase is normally measured, the amount of embedded energy and the total Cumulated Energy Demand (CED) is often overlooked. To estimate the total amount of energy and material demand, LCA is used to evaluate the CED and CMD (Cumulated Material Demand) of devices used in PDC. A server Unit typical of these facilities is analyzed using data from disassembly and elementary analysis to construct a model for LCA to estimate the CED and CMD of the device. Results indicate that most of the energy is consumed during the operation phase, which is dependent on the operating lifetime of the device. Uncertainties are present due to the quality of the databases used for the model.


LCA Data Center Energy Efficiency Material Demand 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carl von Ossietzky University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Technische Universität HamburgHamburgGermany

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