From Seattle to Scandinavia, Microgrids Are a Vital Ingredient to the Data Center Mix

SEATTLE, WA — Power, power, power. That may be the mantra of data center operators doing site selection. But there are lots of ways to meet that need, and some of them are still in their early days. That’s why CapRE created a panel titled “Microgrids & Power Generation: How to Build a Secure, Reliable On-Site Energy Source” for its Seattle and Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit in November. Below, we highlight one of the questions which both featured panelists in this discussion dove deep into. “Let’s drill down a little bit and talk more about power generation. Going beyond the broader conversation of power, we’re talking about on-site generation, fuel cells, renewable energy, and how to take advantage of any incentives,” suggested Moderator Brian Klebash, Founder and CEO of CapRE. “Let’s talk about the differences between public and private power sources. What are the options here in terms of sources, distribution, transmissions and public and private?” First, Mattias Ganslandt, CEO and President of Multigrid Data Centers provided a look into the global perspective. “What we’re seeing in the European context is that there is both scope and incentives for the use of the energy storage, as an artificial or regulated inertia in the market,” he continued, preparing to wrap up his remarks. “So it’s not really inertia, it’s a fast-frequency regulation resource. But also we are seeing that some local generation capacity can be used as a complement to…