Focus: Technical perspective, integration, smart technologies
Upstream or “north” of the facility meter, this roundtable discusses the data-driven, smart energy generation and distributed energy networks, inclusive of renewables and low-carbon alternatives. What do data center planners, design engineers, builders and operators need to know about smart-grid transmission, power brokerage and blockchain? Do data center operators benefit by owning their own substations? Their own on-site/campus smart micro-grids, co-generation, demand-response, and how these align and integrate with power utilities. Is the water cooled rack the next thing in high density? Are there better options? As density and scale of your data center grows, what are the environmental concerns? What are the key lessons that can be applied to data centers at any scale?