This is the first entry in a four-part Data Center Frontier Special Report Series, in partnership with Liion, that explores the future of lithium-ion batteries and their impact on energy storage. This entry offers a comparison of the capabilities and characteristics of lead acid versus lithium-ion batteries.
Insights: Data Center Energy
Electricity is the lifeblood of every data center. At Data Center Frontier, we're exploring new frontiers in data center energy as we see data centers in new places. Some of these new facilities will seek new sources of energy, especially renewable technologies such as wind and solar, as well as landfills and other sources of biogas. Other technologies, such as Bloom Energy fuel cells, may prompt consolidated approaches to power architecture.
We're interested in how modular data centers and other design innovations allow new methods of deploying Internet infrastructure, creating opportunities to make use of solar arrays, wind turbines, fuel cells, combined heat & power (CHP), microgrids, and the recycling of server exhaust heat to warm buildings through district heating.
Cloud growth is providing opportunities for the largest data center developers to gain discounts on power pricing from utilities. A look at how Digital Realty is leveraging its scale in the power market.
The data center market in Quincy, Washington has two new entrants: CyrusOne is preparing a data center campus, while H5 Data Centers has acquired a former Intuit facility.
Several companies are advancing the use of Gallium nitride (GaN) in power conversion equipment, which some believe has the potential to bring greater efficiency to data center power distribution
Startup Virtual Power Systems specializes in software-defined power, and hopes to use automation and on-demand provisioning to bring new levels of efficiency to data center power distribution.
In today’s fast-growing data center industry, going green isn’t only good for the environment, it’s also good for business. Bill Kleyman looks at the rise of renewables and their impact on the services you use every day.
The data center and colocation industry is a small segment of the IT sector, but represents a large portion of the power consumption. In this edition of Voices of the Industry, Kevin Hagen, of Iron Mountain, outlines the evolution of renewable energy use in the data center and colocation industry.
Dominion Virginia Power and several community groups have reached an agreement that clears the way for new power lines to support a data center project in Haymarket, Virginia, ending a long-running dispute.
Our Executive Roundtable panel discusses the impact of power purchases by large data center operators on the accessibility of renewable power and energy storage.
Switch will help create a 1 gigawatt solar energy project in Nevada, which will be the largest solar array in the United States, the company said today. The huge project showcases how the data center industry has taken a leadership role in shifting the U.S. economy to sustainable energy.