Aligned Energy has announced the opening of its second ultra-efficient, adaptive data center in Phoenix, AZ. Nearly 300 attendees, including political officials, partners, and business leaders, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

Situated on a 51-acre campus at 2500 W Union Hills, the newly completed 550,000-sq-ft Phoenix data center offers 62MW (megawatt) of IT power for its first phase, expandable up to 120MW at full build. Because of its innovative design and construction plan, the facility enables clients to adjust rack density on demand from 1kW (kilowatt) up to 50kW per rack.

“As Phoenix continues to build a more innovation-driven economy we will need newer and better technology infrastructure,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Aligned Energy’s state-of-the-art and environmentally efficient data center is a welcome addition that will help Phoenix foster tech-industry growth while reducing the environmental impacts of our businesses.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to open our newest adaptive data center in Phoenix, one of the top markets in the U.S. for multi-tenant data centers,” said Jakob Carnemark, founder and CEO of Aligned Energy. “The kind of growth projected for the digital economy is simply unsustainable without dramatic improvements in data center efficiency. We believe providing truly reliable, critical infrastructure is no longer enough. Our mission is to make critical infrastructure smart enough to continuously improve its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a tremendous business advantage for our customers.”

Aligned Energy’s adaptive data center approach is unique to the industry. Their data center colocation and build-to-scale solutions are architected by their award-winning, patented intelligent infrastructure, vertically integrated supply chain, and culture of innovation, that enable them to adapt to support ever increasing business needs while making better use of existing data center space and power — a huge driver of cost savings.

Similar to Aligned Energy’s first completed colocation data center in Plano, Texas, their award-winning cooling system removes heat at its source, which allows the company to support servers running much higher densities (up to 50kW per rack) - one of the defining features of traffic in the Digital Age — and just as efficiently support servers running at very low densities — giving customers more flexibility while guaranteeing a 1.15 annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE).

Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone, according to research conducted by McKinsey & Company. The data explosion has dramatically increased demand on data centers, which in turn has increased concerns about data centers’ impact on the environment. Just as railroads supported industrialization and seaways supported globalization, the data center supports digitization — a trend no less globally impactful.

Aligned Energy believes that data centers, one of the fastest-growing users of energy and water, are the power plants of the 21st century. They are tackling some of the most critical challenges the industry faces to reduce the social, economic, and environmental impact of the new Digital Age.

Prior to opening, Aligned Energy’s Phoenix data center was selected by the Global Data Center Alliance as the winner of the 2016 ““Data Center Energy Efficiency Project of the Year” and awarded the 2016 “Global Sustainability Leadership Award” by the Business Intelligence Group.