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How Whole System Thinking Can Provide Resilient Power for Data Centers

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1 hour ago | Noel Powell

In the complex and sensitive environment of a data center, failure is not an option. The infrastructure that manages power, cooling, and waste emissions must be resilient, secure, efficient, and affordable, to maintain round-the-clock connectivity.

Build infrastructure from scratch

Developing your energy infrastructure is a journey, which can be arduous and difficult to manage when you get started. That’s why data center developers and operators need experienced energy partners who are focused on providing a complete view of your electrical infrastructure, a view that takes into account all the elements for both the needs current and those required to build the future.

The Whole System Thinking methodology is the key to unlocking the full potential of your development. By investing, building and operating low-carbon energy solutions for resilient power infrastructure up to 132 kV, you can bring a wider array of energy assets to the overall energy system. This includes current sustainable technologies such as rooftop and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, battery storage, heat recovery and cooling, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the design of anticipated developments or regulations that may occur in the new low-carbon world.

One size does not fit all

Every development has its own unique needs, which is why the industry needs new and innovative ways to deliver, manage and invest in energy infrastructure. Providing the backbone necessary for a long-term net zero future, Whole System Thinking ensures that you can get exactly what you need for your specific and unique data center, not a “one size fits all” solution.

To improve this, there is a need to provide decentralized solutions that will bring sustainable energy generation and management closer to the point of need, especially when grid constraint is an immediate concern. Managing all aspects of security, communication and delivery through a single centralized point of contact, the aim is to manage assets for the long term, so it is essential that they are optimally designed and delivered .

The main focus is what we can do to support sustainability aspirations and the move to Net Zero

With a long-term strategy in mind and extensive experience in asset management, operations and maintenance (O&M), putting processes in place from the start to identify investment and cost savings from operation can allow a significant reduction in costs while offering a high level of service. And actively engaging with all stakeholders together greatly improves the ability to complete complete system projects on time, within budget, and with the required levels of safety and quality, while delivering a cost dividend to welcome long term.

Are you really Net Zero Ready?

The main focus is on what we can do to support sustainability aspirations and the transition to Net Zero, and for many this can be a difficult area at a time when brand reputation for sustainability is of increasing importance. Solutions on site and in areas where limited grid capacity requires less desirable measures can help operators meet and exceed their sustainability goals through appropriate energy supply. Securing 100% green supply contracts through local private wiring agreements or power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable energy producers can provide assurances to operators and their customers that their site is compliant. the highest environmental standards.

Holistic systems thinking, resilience and business continuity

The last thing any energy-sensitive, energy-dependent organization wants is to experience a supply disaster without a Plan B or with an insufficiently viable Plan B. mains power outage, your systems benefit from near-seamless transfer and maintain power continuity. These solutions can be developed using sustainable technologies, including gas-powered electric generators that can be powered by green gas or biofuels, in addition to increasingly popular complementary technologies such as battery storage.

Whole System Thinking is not only a philosophy but also a practical and successful way of working

Data-driven resilience is a friend of business survival. Operating a site that performs to its full potential requires the analysis of data to detail how to improve the operational efficiency of the entire systems infrastructure and its assets. SSE Energy Solutions uses a Business Energy Intelligence platform that allows companies to remotely monitor utility and sub-meter data, either for a single building or to provide a view across a portfolio of sites. These interactive data visualizations provide a detailed view of energy usage trends, enabling analysis of energy performance and identification of areas where energy and operational savings can be made.

Besides. Simple data collection and aggregation (DCDA) itself can provide insights into your energy usage to inform system-wide energy optimization. As an Elexon accredited DCDA supplier, we have used our experiences to collect meter data every half hour and use this information through our Business Energy Insight (BEI) platform to obtain this information and realize the benefits of such data mining. This activity will become more critical for all users as market-wide Half-Hourly Settlement (MHHS) reforms will mandate half-hourly data collection for many businesses in the near future.

What exactly does a Whole System Thinking approach mean to you?

Whole System Thinking is not only a philosophy but also a practical and successful way of working for all stakeholders involved. Piecemeal picking can lead to the unfortunate result of finding issues at a later stage that could have been anticipated and resolved at the start of the overall construction project and it is ancillary but essential infrastructure. Although short-term and diffuse planning can facilitate the pursuit of short-term financial benefits, it presents the risk of long-term fragmentation and operating with unsuitable systems in the future. Choose your land wisely.

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