Standard Power to deploy carbon free energy to energise data centres

Standard Power, a provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) catering to advanced data processing firms, has unveiled its ambitious plan to construct two Small Modular Reactor (SMR)-driven facilities. These facilities, set to collectively generate nearly 2 gigawatts (GW) of clean, carbon free energy, will collaborate with technology leader NuScale Power Corporation. NuScale is the sole SMR technology provider and manufacturer with U.S. regulatory clearance. Additionally, Standard Power has partnered with ENTRA1 Energy (ENTRA1), an independent global energy development and production enterprise, to bolster its twin projects.

The facilities will be located in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Standard Power aims to use the carbon-free energy to power nearby data centres. NuScale will provide its approved NuScale SMR Technology for these projects, the only SMR technology that has received design approval from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The development of a commercial SMR power facility is a crucial step in the transition to a sustainable energy future and will not only help technology data centres achieve carbon reduction targets, but will also support the development of a new clean energy source to meet diverse energy transition needs. Power plant facilities using NuScale’s certified SMR technology can provide unmatched flexibility for utilities, industrials and governments looking to reduce carbon emissions while maintaining efficient baseload power.

“We see a lot of legacy baseload grid capacity going offline with a lack of new sustainable baseload generation options on the market especially as power demand for artificial intelligence (AI)-computing and data centres is growing. We look forward to working with ENTRA1 and NuScale to deploy NuScale’s proven SMR technology to deliver carbon-free, baseload energy to address this large gap in the generation market,” said Maxim Serezhin, Standard Power Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “By bringing together ENTRA1’s superior strengths in project development and investment with NuScale’s proven SMR technology, consumers can reduce their emissions footprint and help meet decarbonisation goals while delivering the reliable 24/7 service to energy consumers.”

“ENTRA1 Energy has a strong global pipeline of energy production projects of multiple gigawatts of power generation with NuScale’s proven technology,” said Clayton Scott, NuScale Chief Commercial Officer. “Together, we can more effectively meet the growing demands for renewable, carbon-free energy solutions. With power demand growing in the semiconductor, AI, data and other tech sectors, ENTRA1 and NuScale are uniquely positioned to supply baseload and reliable power.”

The innovative yet simple design of NuScale’s SMR technology provides a cost-competitive, safe and scalable solution for a wide range of energy needs, including power generation, district heating, desalination, commercial-scale hydrogen production and other process heat applications. NuScale Power Modules™ are fully factory-fabricated with no in-field construction and operate with conventional nuclear fuel, which is widely available and has an established regulatory framework. This keeps costs low, consistent and predictable and makes power plants using NuScale technology less expensive to build, operate and maintain.

“NuScale is excited to work with our strategic partner ENTRA1 to help deliver our cost-competitive and safe SMR technology to meet Standard Power’s carbon-free energy needs,” said John Hopkins, NuScale President and Chief Executive Officer. “By deploying our innovative NuScale SMR Technology to more consumers around the world, we’re taking an important step toward addressing the world’s enormous decarbonisation needs.”

Based on Standard Power’s plans for the two facilities, NuScale will end up providing 24 units of 77 MWe modules collectively producing 1,848 MWe of clean energy from both the Ohio and Pennsylvania sites.

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