Beyond Diesel: The Sustainable Future of Power in Data Centers

June 21, 2022
Rich Miller, Carsten Baumann, and Kevin Normandeau provide a better understanding of sustainable data center power options.

There are a growing number of data center operators making bold statements by eliminating diesel onsite generation from their designs. This begs the question: what will take their place? Microgrids are one option, but with them comes fear, uncertainty, and doubt about how complex, reliable, and sustainable this unfamiliar source of dynamic power really is, and how difficult it would be to implement.

The truth is microgrids have been around for a long time, although they may not have been called microgrids 20 years ago. With a microgrid, data centers can operate independently of the grid during outages and in times of crisis. Data center microgrids can also integrate renewable energy sources, which can reduce carbon emissions.

The idea of being able to generate your own power and become somewhat grid independent comes from different motivations.

In this video, Rich Miller and his guests, Carsten Baumann from Schneider Electric and Kevin Normandeau from Microgrid Knowledge, will provide a better understanding of data center power options, including microgrids.

In the video, you will learn how microgrids give data centers the ability to generate their own renewable and sustainable power onsite.  Rich, Carsten and Kevin will discuss:

  • Data center power options
  • The limitations, risks, and misconceptions of implementing microgrids

The video includes a question and answer session that was recorded during the live webinar.

Featured speakers include:

Rich Miller, Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Frontier

Carsten Baumann, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Solution Architect, Schneider Electric

Kevin Normandeau, Publisher, Microgrid Knowledge

This video, recorded in November of 2021, is a part of Data Center Frontier’s webinar series featuring industry experts discussing cooling and a variety of topics relevant to the sustainable future of data centers and cloud computing. Look for more great premium video content from Data Center Frontier, as we continue to focus on what’s next for the internet, and the innovations that will take us there​​.

Aerial view of Compass Datacenters' campus in Red Oak, Texas. Photo: Compass Datacenters
Aerial view of Compass Datacenters' campus in Red Oak, Texas. Photo: Compass Datacenters

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