Data center energy usage has grown exponentially in recent years, and there’s no sign that it will slow down anytime soon. At the same time, the renewables have been increasingly integrated into the power grid, creating some instability. To address both the demands for lower data center emissions and provide resilience that can overcome intermittence resulting from renewable energy generation, many data centers are turning to fast-start natural gas generators to ensure they have electricity when they need it.
A new white paper from INNIO explores three primary benefits that data center operators can see with fast-start natural gas generators: increased reliability, reduced emissions, and opportunities to monetize stranded assets. The author shares data that illustrates the reliability of the natural gas grid as compared to the electric grid. INNIO also shows how natural gas generators reduce data center emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25%.
Finally, INNIO explores how fast-start natural gas generators provide monetization opportunities such as allowing data center operators to engage in demand response and avoid peak charges through peak shaving,