Wind energy can be used to power data centers, such as here at Stellium, by using wind turbines to generate electricity. This helps us and our customers reduce carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly.
Data Centre sustainability, specifically using wind energy to power data centers has several benefits:
- Wind energy is a renewable and sustainable source of power, unlike fossil fuels which are finite and polluting.
- Wind energy can be generated locally, like here in Newcastle at Dogger Bank, which can reduce transmission losses and costs associated with transmission and distribution.
- Wind energy can help data centres reduce their energy costs, as wind energy is often cheaper than energy generated from fossil fuels.
- Using wind energy has helped Stellium’s data centre sustainability goals, and also enhances our customer’s reputation as a responsible and environmentally-conscious organization.
There are several ways to use wind energy to power data centres:
- Directly connecting wind turbines to data centres
- Purchasing local wind energy from utility companies such as we have.
- Investing in wind energy projects
- Using green energy certificates
Data centres can also opt to use other renewable energy resources such as solar and battery energy storage solutions.
Stellium has developed (with a service partner TDCS) a scheme to go-off national grid power during defined periods of grid peak loads. This is a scalable solution which will grow with the load development of the data centre. This will provide substantial support to the grid, create tangible tariff relief for customers and contribute considerably to our ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification scope 1.
This system involves the installation of EOS’s 400kWp rooftop solar system and a 2MW/2.3MWh battery energy storage system. These systems work together to reduce carbon emissions on the site and to moderate incoming power to reduce the high grid carbon intensity periods of consumption, and shift them to low grid carbon intensity periods utilising sophisticated charge and discharge protocols. The systems will reduce costs by shifting power use to low market price periods as well as participating in ancillary services with the grid.