On-Site Power Generation May Be the Industry’s Next Game Changer | CAPRE Denver Data Center Summit Exclusive

DENVER, CO – “Power to the Data Center Providers: Innovative and Effective Power Generation and Redundancy Solutions” was a key panel at CAPRE’s Construction, Design, Engineering Evolution and the Optimization of Hyperscale, Colocation & Enterprise Data Centers Summit in Denver last month, featuring the input of a quartet of industry leaders talking about the located trends on the ground when it comes to power. Moderator Brian Klebash, however, asked the panelists to take an eye to the future, asking them “What is the next big gamechanger when we’re talking about powering data centers?” Carsten Baumann, Director for Strategy for IIoT & Microgrids at Schneider Electric was happy to provide his take on the question. “Well there might be multiple things that are game-changers,” replied Baumann. “If you look at it from a power perspective, the world is becoming more decarbonized, and the energy being generated is becoming more decentralized. You see this not only on the utility side, but also on the off-take side.” According to Baumann, these trends are true for both commercial and investment applications like manufacturing facilities and industries and hospitals as well as data centers. “On the utility scale, we see that the operational technology and IT infrastructure is becoming more intelligent and smarter, and we have ways of controlling the energy and managing that energy more efficiently,” he continued. “So what we’re trying to do, and I guess most of the companies try to do…