Data Centers and the Move to Smarter Grids
- Sep 3, 2021 1:25 pm GMT
Computer data centers use a lot of power. Many people see them as part of the emissions problem, but could upgraded facilities be part of the low-carbon transition?
Battery technology is rapidly improving. The impulse behind cleaning up energy that powers data centers together with reducing battery costs have created an opportunity for data center facilities to be part of a smart grid load management program.
The plan is to use energy that data centers already store as a backup to balance utility grids, where intermittent renewable energy sources increase load stresses. This proposal is in its infancy as progress will be needed before most electrical grids are made “smart” enough for this to be practical, but a convergence of factors has made this an opportune moment for it to be piloted.
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