Newcastle data centre implements battery storage and solar solution

Stellium Datacenters, one of the UK’s largest purpose built data centre campuses and a UK interconnection hub, has implemented an innovative self-funding battery storage and solar solution to further reduce its carbon footprint and customer energy cost.

End to end Data Centre Consultancy TDCS (Total Data Centre Solutions) which works with leading data centre and heavy power user clients across the UK and Ireland to reduce ICT carbon footprint and power costs, worked with Stellium on the solution, which will be funded and implemented by sustainable energy storage solutions experts EOS (Energy Optimisation Solutions).

The initial scheme will comprise a containerised 2.3 megawatt per hour (MWh) battery storage solution and rooftop solar PV system connecting to Stellium Datacenters electrical infrastructure in Newcastle. The scheme will be expandable as required by Stellium.

Savings in power costs will be achieved through a reduction in DUoS (Distribution Use of System charges) and Capacity Market charges as well as capturing arbitrage value between peak and off-peak rates in the wholesale and balancing mechanism markets. Additional revenue will be achieved through grid balancing services. The new Solar PV asset will displace approximately 380,000 kilowatts per hour (kWh) of imported power from the grid, reducing costs against retail priced grid power.

Carbon reduction from operation of the scheme will be around 125.9 metric tonnes of CO2 per annum from which Stellium will directly benefit in terms of carbon reduction and reporting.

“At Stellium, we and our clients are well aware of the impact of data centres on the environment and we continuously research and implement every available solution to reduce our carbon footprint,” commented Paul Melon, operations director at Stellium Datacenters. “This is a highly attractive proposition from TDCS and EOS as there is no expenditure from Stellium involved – in effect funded by sharing the savings and revenue associated with it in the power used on the site. Stellium offer EOS a property lease and in accordance with a benefits share mechanism, they pay us a monthly variable rent.”

”This is a smart solution for any data centre operator wishing to reduce their carbon footprint and power costs. At no cost to the operator, it is paid for on a shared savings and revenue model,” said Brian Clavin, head of battery energy storage at TDCS. “As power costs increase we continue to see demand for the solution grow from data centre operators and other heavy power users such as Pharma companies in the UK and Ireland.”

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