A new white paper from Navigant Research explores the role data centers will play in the growth of commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids in North America and the rest of the world.
Data centers are responsible for protecting mission-critical functions, yet, they often rely on an inefficient redundancy of assets that carry a large carbon footprint. Advanced microgrids that leverage IT innovation to create networks offer a solution to this and a more efficient approach to uptime, according to the report.
“Rapid growth and the increasing importance of the data center industry makes it too important to continue with a conservative and polluting approach to uptime,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Creative solutions providers are turning to new technologies via new business models that can mitigate risks while increasing performance through options like advanced microgrids.”
According to the report, advanced microgrids for data centers can capture new revenue streams, transforming energy from a cost to profit. They can also increase resilience and sustainability by leveraging cleaner onsite assets through smart and cleaner power infrastructure, and by taking advantage of remote cloud applications to create new forms of distributed resilience.
The white paper, Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids, which was commissioned by Schneider Electric, explores the role data centers will play in the future growth of C&I microgrids in North America and the rest of the world. According to recent data provided by IDC, there is a shift away from direct data center ownership to reliance upon service provider data centers. Likewise, there is a shift within the broader microgrid market from direct ownership of assets to outsourcing, as exemplified by Schneider Electric’s microgrids as a service business model.
Vendors mentioned in this article:
- Schneider Electric
- Navigant Research
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