4Q 2018

Sustainable and Renewable Power Generation for Global Data Centers

Generation Technologies and Business Models for Green Data Centers: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Data centers are critical to a functional global digital economy and society. Investment in cloud storage, colocation, and hyperscale data centers has resulted in the construction of a large volume of new data centers globally, thus increasing energy consumption. Meanwhile, edge computing has led to a shift toward more off-grid, small-scale installations closer to the point of use. With increasing digitization across emerging markets, data centers are becoming more and more advanced. Extensive use of services such as big data, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence is prompting data center operators to adopt high performance, mission-critical IT infrastructure.

Data centers are energy-intensive establishments that usually run 24/7 year round. The European Commission estimates data center power densities range from 538 W/m to 2,153 W/m and can reach up to 10 KW/m. Power distribution, cooling, lighting, and IT demand are the primary use of energy. While the industry estimates that a 1-hour outage at a data center can cost $350,000 on average, this figure is expected to increase over the next 10 years. Increasing investments in big data, digital content, and e-commerce will continue to drive explosive growth in power demand for data center markets. Therefore, it is critical to understand the reliability and sustainability of power supplied to these facilities.

This Navigant Research evaluates various reliable power generation models for data centers, with a focus on distributed power generation technologies. The latter include distributed energy resources (DER) such as gensets, solar, wind, microturbines, and fuel cells. The study explores the market issues, including drivers, barriers, and trends, associated with sustainable power generation for data centers. Global market forecasts for distributed power generation technologies for data centers, segmented by region, technology, and application, extend through 2027. The report also examines the key sustainable power generation models and provides case studies for grid-connected and distributed power generation for data centers.

Pages 35
Tables | Charts | Figures 19
  • Why will distributed power generation become key to increasing sustainability and efficiency across global data centers?
  • What are the main drivers of distributed and sustainable power generation technologies?
  • Which markets will offer the most growth for power generation technologies for data centers?
  • How quickly will global revenue for distributed power generation for data centers grow through 2027?
  • Which power generation model will be crucial for the future integration of DER across data centers?
  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Wind developers, installers, and operators
  • Genset manufacturers
  • Renewables integration hardware and software providers
  • Energy storage manufacturers
  • Demand response and DER management system providers
  • Resource assessment companies
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Scope of Report

1.3   Key Market Trends

1.4   Global Outlook

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.2   Market Drivers for Sustainable Data Center Power Generation

2.3   Market Barriers for Sustainable Data Center Power Generation

2.4   Sustainable Power Generation Models for Data Centers

2.4.1   Grid-Connected Power

2.4.2   Distributed Power Generation

2.4.3   Grid-Connected Power Generation Case Study: RagingWire

2.4.4   Distributed Power Generation Case Study: Renewables – Microsoft

2.4.5   Distributed Power Generation Case Study: Conventional – Wärtsilä

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Methodology

3.1.1   Segmentation by Technology

3.1.2   Segmentation by Application

3.2   Global Market Overview

3.3   Distributed Power Generation for Data Centers by Technology

3.3.1   Solar PV

3.3.2   Small and Medium Wind Turbines

3.3.3   Microturbines

3.3.4   Fuel Cells

3.3.5   Natural Gas Gensets

3.3.6   Diesel Gensets

3.4   Distributed Power Generation for Data Centers by Application

3.4.1   Primary Power

3.4.2   Critical Power

3.5   Conclusions and Recommendations

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List

5. Table of Contents

6. Table of Charts and Figures

7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Application, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Application, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Voltage and Frequency Transient for 75% Step Change in Load
  • Capacity (MW) for IT Sector Renewable Contracts: 2010-2016
  • Data Center Power Generation Models
  • Data Center Power Generation Business Model Comparison
  • Distributed Power Generation Model for Data Center – Microsoft
  • Distributed Power Generation Model for Data Centers – Wärtsilä
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Capacity by Application, World Markets: 2018-2027
  • Annual Installed Data Center Distributed Power Generation Revenue by Application, World Markets: 2018-2027
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