Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Digitalisation, energy and data demand

Electronic data

  • data demand_AAM_28Jan18

    Rights statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy Research & Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Energy Research & Science, 38, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.018

    Accepted author manuscript, 983 KB, PDF-document

    Embargo ends: 17/02/19

    Available under license: CC BY-NC-ND: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

Digitalisation, energy and data demand: The impact of Internet traffic on overall and peak electricity consumption

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Standard

Digitalisation, energy and data demand : The impact of Internet traffic on overall and peak electricity consumption. / Morley, Janine; Widdicks, Kelly Victoria; Hazas, Michael David.

In: Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 38, 04.2018, p. 128-137.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{95d094ed3984410e9ddefa5109077a07,
title = "Digitalisation, energy and data demand: The impact of Internet traffic on overall and peak electricity consumption",
abstract = "Over the last decade, concerns have been raised about increases in the electricity used by information technologies, other consumer electronic devices, data centres, and to a much lesser degree, Internet distribution networks. At the same time, ‘smart’ innovations are widely anticipated to help reduce energy demand across diverse sectors of society. Yet such potential savings, as well as the increasing use of other digital services, are predicated upon continued expansion of digital infrastructures. This paper focuses on the phenomenal growth in Internet traffic, as a trend with important implications for energy demand. It outlines an agenda to better understand how data demand is changing. Drawing on findings from our own research in combination with secondary data analysis, we examine the alignment of peak demand for electricity and data. Peaks in data appear to fall later in the evening, reflecting the use of online entertainment, but this is far from fixed. Overall, the paper argues that a better understanding of how everyday practices are shifting, in concert with the provision and design of online services, could provide a basis for the policies and initiatives needed to mitigate the most problematic projections of Internet energy use.",
keywords = "Internet, infrastructures, peak electricity demand, digital technologies, social practices, time-use, digitalisation",
author = "Janine Morley and Widdicks, {Kelly Victoria} and Hazas, {Michael David}",
year = "2018",
month = "4",
doi = "10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.018",
language = "English",
volume = "38",
pages = "128--137",
journal = "Energy Research and Social Science",
issn = "2214-6296",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Digitalisation, energy and data demand

T2 - Energy Research and Social Science

AU - Morley,Janine

AU - Widdicks,Kelly Victoria

AU - Hazas,Michael David

PY - 2018/4

Y1 - 2018/4

N2 - Over the last decade, concerns have been raised about increases in the electricity used by information technologies, other consumer electronic devices, data centres, and to a much lesser degree, Internet distribution networks. At the same time, ‘smart’ innovations are widely anticipated to help reduce energy demand across diverse sectors of society. Yet such potential savings, as well as the increasing use of other digital services, are predicated upon continued expansion of digital infrastructures. This paper focuses on the phenomenal growth in Internet traffic, as a trend with important implications for energy demand. It outlines an agenda to better understand how data demand is changing. Drawing on findings from our own research in combination with secondary data analysis, we examine the alignment of peak demand for electricity and data. Peaks in data appear to fall later in the evening, reflecting the use of online entertainment, but this is far from fixed. Overall, the paper argues that a better understanding of how everyday practices are shifting, in concert with the provision and design of online services, could provide a basis for the policies and initiatives needed to mitigate the most problematic projections of Internet energy use.

AB - Over the last decade, concerns have been raised about increases in the electricity used by information technologies, other consumer electronic devices, data centres, and to a much lesser degree, Internet distribution networks. At the same time, ‘smart’ innovations are widely anticipated to help reduce energy demand across diverse sectors of society. Yet such potential savings, as well as the increasing use of other digital services, are predicated upon continued expansion of digital infrastructures. This paper focuses on the phenomenal growth in Internet traffic, as a trend with important implications for energy demand. It outlines an agenda to better understand how data demand is changing. Drawing on findings from our own research in combination with secondary data analysis, we examine the alignment of peak demand for electricity and data. Peaks in data appear to fall later in the evening, reflecting the use of online entertainment, but this is far from fixed. Overall, the paper argues that a better understanding of how everyday practices are shifting, in concert with the provision and design of online services, could provide a basis for the policies and initiatives needed to mitigate the most problematic projections of Internet energy use.

KW - Internet

KW - infrastructures

KW - peak electricity demand

KW - digital technologies

KW - social practices

KW - time-use

KW - digitalisation

U2 - 10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.018

DO - 10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.018

M3 - Journal article

VL - 38

SP - 128

EP - 137

JO - Energy Research and Social Science

JF - Energy Research and Social Science

SN - 2214-6296

ER -