14 Dec '11, 8am

Smart Grid Technology Helps Data Centers Conserve Energy

Demand reduction opportunities combined with cogeneration – both supported by smart meters – can enable data centers to go off the grid. If the spot-market price is right from the utility, data centers can use the on-site power generation to function as a peaking-power plant for the utility and generate additional revenue. For instance, a rooftop solar array that helps power a data center can also feed surplus electricity back into the power grid – a move that makes the data center’s meter run backwards. This approach isn’t limited to photo-voltaic systems – it can also be used with any combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP), wind, solar thermal, geothermal, bio-mass, tidal mass or

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