In an article for Euractiv, Navigant Research explains why data centers have a growing interest in clean energy
Continued growth of big data, digital content, and e-commerce has increased the need for data centers to have onsite power generation. This onsite power need has created an interest in clean energy, and a renewed interest in corporate renewable power purchase agreements.
In an article for Euractiv, Pritil Gunjan, a senior research analyst with Navigant Research, addresses the perceived benefits several data center operators are noting in distributed energy resources for both primary and critical power supply.
“Clean energy sourced from utilities and independent power producers varies widely across regions…and may include a considerable proportion of electricity generated by plants that use fossil fuel,” said Gunjan.
Gunjan noted that a clean power generation model can dramatically improve reliability of power across geographies and it can minimize fossil fuel dependence while restricting greenhouse gas emissions.
Gunjan said, “Navigant Research expects the global market for clean sustainable power generation in data centers to reach a cumulative total of $50.7 billion in revenue between 2018 and 2027. Substantial new capacity additions in Asia Pacific will likely drive this growth.”
While energy procurement is complex, the changing market dynamics, supply and demand scenarios, and legislative changes have significant effects on the power generation models adopted by the industry. Due to the scale of investments required to generate onsite power, the distributed generation market for data centers is in its infancy.