Hintemann, R. & Hinterholzer, S. (2022). Data centers 2021. Cloud computing drives the growth of the data center industry and its energy consumption. Berlin: Borderstep Institute.
The energy consumption of data centers continues to increase. At 17 billion kWh, data centers consumed 6.5 % more electricity in 2021 than in 2020. The main reason for the growth in energy consumption is the expansion of cloud data centers in Germany and the associated increase in the number of large data centers.Download