Combined heat and power systems are there to provide renewable, low-carbon and sustainable energy-saving solutions to many different businesses. They are continuing to gain popularity commercially, helping businesses to save money and reduce their waste. The data centre industry is one such sector benefiting from CHP systems – albeit somewhat later than other businesses across the board. And, as such, many companies are quickly noting the benefits of making this switch. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.
High Energy Consumption
Some of the world’s largest data centres can use enough energy to power 80,000 homes. This is largely due to the energy needed to cool down servers and systems, which can account for upwards of 40% of a data centre’s overall use. CHP systems reduce the percentage of waste produced during the energy process by converting natural gases to energy. They can also be paired with absorption chillers used to keep servers cool – doubling up on the services used.
Data centres are so heavily reliant on continuous energy that they normally have numerous backup systems in place to prevent downtime. CHP systems can stand in as one of these options, providing a reliable solution that also boosts businesses towards a more sustainable solution.
High Running Costs
As a result of the continual demand for energy, the running costs of data centres are continuing to rise. With businesses and individuals becoming even more heavily dependent on technology in this modern age and data centres predicted to continue scaling, these costs are expected to rise in unison. CHP is a reliable and repeatedly proven source of power, generating both electricity and heat and with the potential to reduce costs by up to 40%. It is estimated that most data centres could see an ROI after installation in as little as 3 years too.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Increased awareness of our impact on the environment has driven many businesses to seek ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Those that choose a natural gas CHP system can achieve this, eliminating the need for fossil fuels and re-using waste energy efficiently.
Data centres can see significant benefits from opting for a Combined Heat and Power system into their business. At Energimizer, our experienced team is here to supply and support both corporate and residential clients with their CHP requirements. For more information, contact us today.