Grid-interactive data centers: enabling decarbonization and system stability

Hear from Eaton & Microsoft as we combine our energy and hyperscale know-how to demonstrate data centers at the heart of renewable energy
Download this free white paper on grid-interactive data centres from Eaton & Microsoft
Data centers are one of the fastest growing loads on the electric grid. Since data centers use energy storage as backup in the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), the growth in data center loads will result in a growth in energy storage capacity. As the penetration of intermittent renewable resources increase, the electric grid requires energy storage to maintain grid balances and system stability.  Data centers can offer a unique opportunity to help maintaining grid balance.

Renewables are the power source of the future, but as the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow, we need to have a more dynamic grid to support the changes in power generation, and the opportunity for grid interactive data centers is huge

Janne Paananen, Technology Manager, Critical Power Systems, Eaton

This technical whitepaper has been developed in partnership with Microsoft Corporation. Eaton & Microsoft explain the challenges faced by grid operators in the transition to a low-carbon energy system with frequency regulation and system inertia and how data center's and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) can act as source of Fast Frequency Response (FFR).

Download now to learn more on how data center's can monetize their existing assets with no negative impact to customers and support to improve grid stability to enable the integration of more renewables.


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