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Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

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The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [Read more...]

Power Reliability Worries Spur Data Centers and Other Businesses to Pursue Energy Alternatives: Survey

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Worry is so high about power reliability that businesses are taking matters into their own hands, with data centers particularly active in seeking energy alternatives, according to an industry survey. Released last week for the first time in its entirety, “State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability,” analyzes results from a survey of … [Read more...]

Legislative Update: Improving Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

by Rona Newmark, The Green Grid In the remaining weeks of the current session of the U.S. Congress, the Senate has the chance to advance bipartisan legislation that strives to combine both business and sustainability objectives. In seeking to boost energy efficiency while cutting costs within the federal government, the Energy Savings and … [Read more...]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming – and Wasting – Growing Amounts of Energy

All of our online activity -- including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business -- is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much … [Read more...]

Data Centers' Surprise at "Seeing" their Energy Savings

The power costs associated with operating a data center are about 30 percent of total expenses. And most data center operators know that. But save them a little energy, and show them the results, and they're often surprised. Aaron Rallo, founder and CEO of TSO Logic, has released a dashboard that helps data centers "see" the results of their … [Read more...]

Next for Microgrid: From Island to Mainland to Data Centers

Remote outposts face one set of energy problems; the interconnected US grid another entirely. Can microgrids be a solution for both? Power automation and technology company ABB believes they can. From its North Carolina offices, the Switzerland-based company is eyeing the lower 48 states after focusing its microgrid strategy on places like … [Read more...]

Using Local Generation to Improve Data Center Resilience and Sustainability

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores how to use local generation to improve efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability — specifically in the colocation industry and data centers.  Modern business runs on data. Data centers around the world must maintain the highest degree of uptime possible to ensure uninterrupted data services for their … [Read more...]

Connecticut Supercharges Plan for World’s Largest Fuel Cell Microgrid at $1 Billion Data Center

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Connecticut has supercharged development of a 20-MW fuel cell microgrid — part of a $1 billion data center project in New Britain — with a 10-year, $55.2 million sales and use tax exemption. EIP Investments intends to build a microgrid spanning 45,000 square-feet on the site of a shuttered Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing plant in … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids: Mitigating Risk While Increasing Performance

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The new digital economy is changing the face of the data center industry. And the data centers of the future will likely look very different from facilities opened just a few years ago. Some of these changes involve using innovative energy technology, such as data center microgrids, to cut down on risk and improve efficiency and … [Read more...]