Smart Power Generation for data centers
Every data center needs extremely reliable, but also affordable power supply. Traditionally this is provided by a combination of grid electricity, ensuring affordability, and emergency diesel generators, guaranteeing reliability. Unfortunately, this mechanism has certain drawbacks: from dependency on increasingly unstable power prices to high local emissions from diesel generators, which sometimes might even lead to problems obtaining environmental permits.
This paper describes a solution to those challenges – the use of modern gas-fired engines to provide affordable, reliable power supply. State-of-the-art gas engines are capable of starting up just as fast as diesel engines, but unlike those, they are able to competitively generate power not only in emergencies, thus recouping their costs and even generating additional profits.