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Waning grid supply emphasises need for decentralised energy

electricity over the next few days from National Grid, Aggreko is advising industry still reliant on grid supply to look towards decentralised energy solutions. This week, National Grid


explained that unplanned power outages and unusually low wind

speeds have been major contributors in low levels of electricity. It is the second warning of its kind in the last month in the UK, highlighting the growing risk industry faces when relying on the local grid infrastructure. Decentralised energy solutions may offer an answer, according to Aggreko.

Enabling users to generate energy on-site and lessen overreliance on the national grid, technologies such as solar power, combined heat and power (CHP) and battery storage, offer security of supply while lowering overall carbon emissions. Chris Rason, Managing Director, Aggreko Northern Europe, said: “We

understand the challenges facing the industry when it comes to reliance on grid supply. As recently as August 2020, we found that grid limitations were a key cause of power outages in the data centres. Last year, in our report on decentralised energy, 82% of key energy decision makers told us that power continuity was a major or significant concern to their business. “Decentralised energy solutions offer a solution to remove reliance on the

grid, freeing up the stretched energy supply. However, one challenge to overcome is the cost. We would encourage UK industry to consider long-term hire as a solution, ensuring that any plans to implement on-site generation are both successful and cost-effective” The latest news follows the government’s pledge for a clean-energy

revolution, which aims to power every UK home by wind within 10 years. According to Aggreko, the latest electricity shortages highlight the need for more ‘bridging gap’ solutions, as Chris Rason explains: “October appears to be the month for wind power: highlighting both the benefits and risk of overreliance. If the UK is to successfully implement a wind energy strategy to its national electricity supply, bridging gap solutions will be critical. “One example could be battery technology. While it is not a new concept, it is

still costly for many companies to purchase on an industrial scale. However, the good news is that it is more accessible now, when compared to three years ago, thanks to progress made in the rental space.” Battery solutions can help alleviate technical difficulties associated with

early-stage decentralised energy schemes, mitigating issues such as low and transient loads, alongside voltage and frequency fluctuations. Aggreko offers fully integrated, plug-and-play battery storage solutions to ensure maximum system effectiveness and efficiency.

    “Data centers face similar challenges as other buildings that have

disparate systems that were not designed to work together, but they experience these challenges on a greater scale,” said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies. “We look forward to collaborating with Vertiv to offer integrated solutions that make it easier for data center operators to distill the mountains of data they pull from their equipment into actions that create more efficient and environmentally friendly operations.”

ollowing a warning of short supplies of


they require significant power to move information around the world. Today, two industry leaders announced a collaboration to create more sustainable and efficient data center operations. Honeywell, a global leader in connected buildings, and Vertiv, a


global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, will work together to create integrated solutions to optimize data center sustainability, resiliency and operational performance. These solutions are expected to be available in 2020. The partnership builds on Honeywell’s industry-leading building

management systems (BMS), operational software, and safety and security products along with Vertiv’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power distribution, thermal management, infrastructure monitoring and modular solutions to enable operators of hyperscale, large enterprise, co-location and edge data centers to integrate multiple domains of data within a data center. The companies will leverage building-operations data to drive optimisation of operations, reducing energy use and costs while improving data center performance and sustainability.

ata centers help enable the online applications that people depend on for work, entertainment and communications, but

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