The Role of Microgrids in Data Centre Sustainability

September 2, 2021
09:00

In days past the only real consideration for a data centre operator was reliability. With the emergence of climate change that has now transformed, and sustainability of the digital infrastructure is crucial leading to a new lexicon – sustainable resilience. For data centres security of supply and cost are two crucial metrics. The power grid is under increasing pressure to meet the growing demand, struggling with ageing infrastructure allied with a changing dynamic that sees the old, centralised generation model replaced by a growing amount of distributed generation, much of this from renewable sources. Modern microgrids can assist data centres by delivering onsite, distributed energy resources, including renewable generation. A microgrid can help optimise costs while also enhancing power stability, includes the option to ‘island’ from the utility grid to avoid exposure to outages or disturbances.

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