Arij is a Vice President at Lux and leads the energy research team. Arij and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences, and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. His last position there was innovation director for the chemical industry, P&L responsible for TNO's entire project portfolio for the chemical industry and liaising with the Dutch and EU governments on innovation policy.
In the past 10 years, there has been a clear trend in the rise of extremely large data centers that are commonly owned – or contracted – by large technology companies like Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple. While the information technology sector as a whole has seen very modest increases in electricity consumption, these companies have seen an average year-over-year increase in electricity consumption of 20% – reaching as high as 43% in some years.2 February 2022