Shrenik Ajmera, P.E., C.E.M., P.M.P., LEED AP
Tim Lynch, P.E.
Track L | Emerging Energy Trends
Data centers owners and operators are constantly looking to balance the requirements of redundancy, power resilience, flexibility for future expansions, and operational efficiency to maintain uptime in their facilities. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems provide a solution to address all these challenges and more.CHP solutions result in lower total energy use and reduced emissions by recovering the waste heat to drive absorption chillers, significantly increasing overall energy efficiency than traditional utility-sourced power. Data center operators can realize large cost savings due to the constant cooling load, with savings exaggerated in markets with significant utility costs. Cost savings come from two main areas which traditionally represent large operation costs – mechanical cooling and demand charges. The waste heat from on-site generation provides a significant reduction in electrically-driven chillers and CHP plants help offset site peak demand charges, as well as overall consumption charges. Data centers also benefit from the added redundancy and improved resiliency through on-site generation, relying less on power from the grid and providing long-term ride through in the event of a loss of utility power.
This presentation will discuss the benefits of CHP for data centers, the energy efficiency and available incentives for installing CHP, as well as a discussion on the electrical and mechanical architecture with CHP and potential use within a microgrid system. Traditional power sources and net energy use will be compared to a CHP installation, providing a quantitative analysis of savings through deploying CHP in data centers.
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