Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids — A Lot More Efficient & Effortless to Run

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The entry below explores the evolution of data center microgrids and how they can increase efficiency and resiliency.  Smart is the new normal as we enter and expand in a digital era. Driven by data, autonomous systems, and more demand … [Read more...]

Educating Data Centers about Microgrid Benefits: More than Backup Generation

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. In the second entry from the series, we highlight why microgrid benefits go well beyond backup generation. As a self-sufficient energy system, microgrids are capable of serving discrete geographic footprints. These locations and geographies … [Read more...]

The Data Center and the Environment — We Can All Get Along

This special report series on the growing role of data center microgrids in the colocation and big data industry, kicks off with an entry that explores the juxtaposition of the data center and the environment.  Today, the data center industry consumes about as much power as the entire global airline industry. And, based on research from the … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

Snohomish County PUD Moves Forward on Microgrid

Construction has started on the next phase of a $12 million microgrid project being developed by Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington state. The Arlington microgrid is designed to provide grid resiliency while also integrating renewable energy, according to the Everett, Washington-based public power utility.  The microgrid … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids: Mitigating Risk While Increasing Performance

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...]