Smarter Power Consumption - Supporting the energy system of the future

As large electricity consumers with highly automated processes, data centers are optimal subjects to implement measures for more intelligent power consumption. The IT industry can play a vital role to the overall reduction of carbon emission and energy consumption of the energy system.

Supporting the energy system of the future

As large electricity consumers with highly automated processes, data centers are optimal subjects to implement measures for more intelligent power consumption. The IT industry can play a vital role to the overall reduction of carbon emission and energy consumption of the energy system.
By implementing measures to consume renewable energy where and when it's available they can additionally benefit from lower prices, and help integrate renewables into the energy mix. By paring innovative technologies with smart locations the wider energy system benefits from a more responsive and flexible power consumption that reduces grid congestion and smooths peaks in consumption.

This working group brings together the relevant market players to identify the technologies, define pricing & legal frameworks as well as explore potential pilot projects together.

Work Packages

Current Challenges

  • What's the value of energy flexibility from data centers?
  • How will prices for ancillary services develop?
  • How can data centers make a profit from their energy flexibility.
  • What are the technical requirements to allow data centers to better respond to grid requirements (storage/load shifting/frequency response)?
  • How can data centers adapt to the regulatory environment to enable them to contribute to demand response? Both now and future.
  • How can we develop the framework for service level and purchase agreements between grid and data center operators and their clients
  • How can digital infrastructure support faster integration of renewable energy into the European energy system?

Working Group Goals

  • Develop concepts for smarter power consumption, load shifting, time based energy pricing and grid supporting site selections to be applied at scale to reduce energy costs for data centers
  • Creating a framework for cooperation & legal commitments to provide an incentive for digital infrastructure owners. e.g. Green SDAs/Green SLAs
  • Released a reference design to enable net-positive data centers

Team

Christoph Buchli

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Lasse Schneppenheim

Project Lead

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