Marketing data centre power flexibility

Klingert, Sonja ; Perez-Ortega, Maria

Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2016
Book title: 9th International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities : [proceedings]
Page range: 592-604
Conference title: IEECB&SC’16
Date of the conference: 16.-18.03.2016
Publisher: Bertoldi, Paolo
Place of publication: Brussels
Publishing house: Publications Office of the European Union
ISBN: 978-92-79-59779-4
ISSN: 1831-9424
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Wirtschaftsinformatik II (Becker 2006-2021)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Data Centres are part of the backbone infrastructure of our always-and-everywhere-online lifestyle. They are also necessary components that smart cities will build on, the more they are processing sensor data in order to offer novel services to their citizens. By fulfilling all these new requirements, data centres are using an increasing amount of electric energy – about 2% of the world-wide energy consumption can be attributed to data centres; and the trend is going upwards. But how to reduce the CO2 footprint of those data centres that need to be close to their customers and inside cities, due to latency requirements for instance? The project DC4Cities has developed a software system that enables data centres to communicate with a smart city energy management actor aiming at an optimized use of (intermittent) renewable energy sources in the smart city. In order to achieve this, DC4Cities identifies IT workload that can be shifted depending on the volatile supply of renewable energy. Also the software running inside the data centre can partially be made adaptive to the availability of renewable energy sources like sun and wind. All this is done without impacting the data centre’s core business. The technical feasibility of data centre power flexibility, as defined in DC4Cities, was shown in trials executed in data centres providing public administration services in Barcelona and health care services in the Trentino Region. The real impact of this approach, however, depends on its penetration in real markets. This paper will show where in Europe a marketing strategy for a DC4Cities based tool has good chances and it will present business models that offer the highest potential to be economically viable for all involved parties. It will also point out to which degree the success of power profile adaptation to renewable supply curves is dependent on exogenous factors.

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