SK Corp makes strategic investment in US clean energy company Monolith

In an effort to ramp up its clean energy business, SK Corp., the holding company of South Korea’s SK Group, has made a strategic investment in Monolith Materials Inc.

The holding firm of South Korea’s No. 3 conglomerate said it has signed a deal to acquire stakes in Monolith, , an American hydrogen company. However, it did not provide specifics of the investment amount.

Monolith uses renewable electricity to convert natural gas to hydrogen and carbon black, which is used in the automotive and industrial sectors. Its emission-free hydrogen produced via a plasma-based process is classified as “green hydrogen.”

SK Group, whose businesses include petrochemicals, natural gas and electric vehicle batteries, is speeding up its transition to eco-friendly energy sources, and has expanded investment in hydrogen to use it in power plants and vehicles instead of fossil fuels.

In January, SK Group acquired a 9.9 per cent stake in U.S-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc. and agreed to form a joint venture to help provide hydrogen fuel cell products to Asian markets.

Also, in August last year, SK Holdings reportedly paid US$300 million for an 8.9 per cent share in the world’s first hyperscale data centre operator Chindata Group.

 

The Hydrogen option

 

Hydrogen is beginning to emerge as an important part of the clean energy mix needed to ensure a sustainable future.

Falling costs for hydrogen produced with renewable energy, combined with the urgency of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, has given clean hydrogen unprecedented political and business momentum, according to a report by International Renewable Energy Agency.

Hydrogen can also help improve air quality and strengthen energy security.

Recently, South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank said that it will work with Air Products & Chemicals Ltd., the world’s leading hydrogen supplier, to develop hydrogen technology and business models.

 

 

 

 

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Schneider Electric Launches Industry-First All-In-One Liquid Cooled Modular Data Center

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of a liquid-cooled, EcoStruxure Modular Data Center, All-In-One Module. Integrated by Avnet and containing chassis-level precision immersion cooling from Iceotope, the new prefabricated module will allow the most CPU and GPU-intensive high performance computing (HPC) edge applications to be deployed with greater reliability in harsh and remote environments. From industrial manufacturing and automotive sites, to telco, military, mining, oil and gas, this market-first enables real-time data to be processed faster with greater innovation, efficiency and lower latency.

Housed in a 20’ ISO standard container, the new All-In-One solution accommodates a standard 60kW IT load, with IT capacity of up to 336kW available as a custom-made solution. The system also includes an 80kW Galaxy VS 3-phase UPS, complete battery back-up, fire protection, fully integrated heat rejection and redundant cooling. Remote monitoring and management of both the physical environment and IT equipment is enabled with the award-winning EcoStruxure IT software.

As part of the EcoStruxure Modular Data Centers range, the Liquid-Cooled All-In-One prefabricated module delivers a fast, flexible and predictable solution, offering the same quality and functionality as a traditional, stick-built facility. It enables new data centre capacity to be designed, built and installed in a fraction of the time taken to acquire and develop traditional data centre environments. All equipment is factory-installed and tested to provide resilient and predictable performance with decreased risk from day one.

Increased security, resiliency and efficiency with chassis-level precision immersion cooling:

Designed for sustainable operations, the new All-In-One module combines high efficiency with an ultra-low PUE <1.15, with some sites today showing that PUE of 1.03 can also be achieved. The use of liquid cooling reduces the requirement for air handling equipment, simplifying the cooling infrastructure and eliminating the need for fans. This offers the dual effect of lowering infrastructure energy use, making more power available to the IT load and improving the reliability of the environment. It also reduces maintenance and service complexity through the exclusion of electro-mechanical devices, which require regular upgrades and replacement.

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Using Iceotope’s Ku:l 2 liquid-cooled chassis enclosures integrated with Schneider Electric’s NetShelter Liquid-Cooled rack system, mission-critical IT equipment is completely isolated from the environment and precision immersion-cooled in a sealed enclosure which is impervious to dust, gases and humidity. Secure and tamper-proof, computing, storage and networking equipment is provided with an extra level of physical and I/O-connective security.

“Today, demand for the most powerful CPUs and GPUs has risen in practically every IT application, while at the same time, competition for space has quickly become acute,” said Robert Bunger, Program Director, CTO Office, Schneider Electric. “The new All-In-One Liquid-Cooled Prefabricated Data Center Module meets the need to deploy compute-intensive processing power in a compact, secure and dedicated edge environment, which can be deployed almost anywhere in as little as six weeks.”

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Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power to jointly develop RE-based solutions

Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power have entered into an agreement to jointly develop competitive, clean and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production in different regions around the world.

Both the companies will develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short and medium term.

The alliance will bring together the capabilities of Iberdrola, one of the world’s major clean energy companies and a leader in renewables with an ambitious strategy to promote economic and employment recovery based on green principles; and Mitsubishi Power, a leading supplier of power generation and storage equipment, from gas and steam turbines, generators, electrolysis units, battery storage systems and high temperature heat pumps to steam and solar photovoltaic power generation processes.

 

Identify opportunities for RE

 

Ken Kawai, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power, and Aitor Moso, Iberdrola’s director of Liberalized Business, have signed this co-operation agreement that will create teams made up of experts from both companies to identify opportunities for large-scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry, one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonise.

Mitsubishi Power President and CEO Ken Kawai said, “Iberdrola and Mitsubishi Power have been collaborating in supporting decarbonisation in power generation sector by providing high efficiency GTCC projects. With using this collaborating experience in GTCC projects, we will jointly develop and deploy the necessary hydrogen infrastructure, battery energy storage systems, and electrified heat production systems to decarbonize the power and industrial sectors.

This joint development with Iberdrola fulfills our mission to create a future that works for people and the planet by developing innovative power and storage solutions to realize a carbon neutral future.”

Aitor Moso, Iberdrola’s director of Liberalized Business, explained that the agreement represents a very important milestone in our strategy of developing alliances with key players in the industrial sector – which is one of the most difficult to decarbonise – allowing it to advance efficient electrification in the short and medium term.

“With the expansion of renewable solutions such as the electrification of heat, battery storage and green hydrogen in industrial manufacturing processes, we are putting our capabilities at the service of an urgent and common goal: to build a more sustainable and emissions-free economic model, offering development opportunities for industry and employment,” said Moso.

 

Green investments to promote economic recovery

 

Iberdrola has been leading the energy transition for two decades, acting as a key driving force in the transformation of the industries and the green recovery of the economy and job creation.

The company has launched a major EUR150 billion investment plan over this decade (EUR75 billion by 2025), to triple renewable capacity and double network assets while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the energy revolution that the world’s leading economies are facing.

Investments worth EUR120 billion since the turn of the century have made Iberdrola a leader in renewable energy with nearly 35,000 MW installed capacity worldwide, a volume that makes its generation fleet one of the cleanest in the energy industry.

With 98 grCO2/kWh emissions, two thirds below the European average, the investment strategy in clean energy and grids will make Iberdrola a “carbon neutral” company in Europe by 2030.

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Monetary Authority Of Singapore launch initiatives to accelerate Green Finance

A financial industry taskforce convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) launched today several initiatives to accelerate green finance in Singapore through improving disclosures and fostering green solutions.

The Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) issued a detailed implementation guide for climate-related disclosures by financial institutions; a framework to help banks assess eligible green trade finance transactions and a whitepaper on scaling green finance in the real estate, infrastructure, fund management and transition sectors.

The Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT), convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), comprises representatives from financial institutions, corporates, non-governmental organisations, and financial industry associations.

 

Framework for Green Trade Finance

 

The framework for green trade finance and working capital provides a principles-based approach for banks to assess eligible green trade finance transactions, and specific guidance on recommended industry certifications for trade finance activities to qualify as green. Guided by this framework, HSBC and UOB have piloted four green trade finance transactions for renewable energy, recycling, agriculture and farming activities, to support businesses in greening their supply chains.

The guide on implementing climate-related disclosures sets out best practices that are aligned with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The guide also outlines specific disclosure practices for each of the banking, insurance and asset management sectors, taking into consideration the different approaches that individual sectors could take.

The guide will help to enhance the quality of Financial Institutions’ (FIs) climate disclosures, and facilitate more consistent and comparable disclosures across FIs.

Ms Gillian Tan, Assistant Managing Director (Development and International), MAS, said, “GFIT’s initiatives to enhance climate-related disclosures and strengthen green capabilities will enable financial institutions to effectively develop green solutions and align their portfolios towards facilitating Asia’s transition to a low carbon economy. These initiatives will also contribute to global efforts to achieve greater consistency and comparability in climate-related disclosures, as well as provide investors and market participants with the necessary information for climate risk analysis and investment decision-making.”

GFIT will also launch for FIs and corporates a series of workshops to build capacity in green finance, with support from its industry association partners.

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Adani Green Energy to acquire SB Energy’s 5 GW India RE portfolio for $3.5 billion

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) has signed share purchase agreements to acquire SB Energy India and Bharti Group’s renewable energy assets for an Enterprise Value of $3.5 billion.

This development could be a watershed moment in India’s renewable energy sector.

SB Energy India is a joint venture between Japan-based SoftBank Group which holds 80 per cent and Bharti Group which holds 20 per cent. This joint venture had a total renewable portfolio of 4,954 MW spread across four states in India.

 

RE portfolio mix

 

The target portfolio consists large scale utility assets with 84 per cent solar capacity (4,180 MW), 9 per cent wind-solar hybrid capacity (450 MW) and 7 per cent wind capacity (324 MW). The portfolio comprises of 1,400 MW operational solar power capacity and a further 3,554 MW is under construction.

All projects have 25 year PPAs with sovereign rated counterparties such as Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI), NTPC Limited and NHPC Limited. The operating assets forming part of the portfolio are primarily solar park based projects and have been built following best in class governance, project development, construction, and operations and maintenance practices, resulting in this being one of the highest quality renewable portfolios in the country, Adani Group said.

Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group, said that this acquisition is another step towards the vision we stated in January 2020, wherein it laid out its plans to become the world’s largest solar player by 2025 and thereafter the world’s largest renewable company by 2030. India, without any doubt, has been one of the few nations that has accelerated its global commitment towards climate change and the group intends to do its part to execute on the promises made.

“The renewable energy platform that we are building will lay the foundation for attracting several other global industries that are increasingly looking to reduce their carbon footprint (as well as lay the foundation for opening up adjacent platforms that include Hydrogen and Storage). We are well on our way to achieve our stated solar portfolio targets four years before the deadline we set for ourselves.

The quality of assets that SoftBank and the Bharti Group have built are excellent and I compliment their efforts to support India’s renewable energy transition. We are proud to take their legacy forward,” he said.

Masayoshi Son, Representative Director, Corporate Officer, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., said: “We established SB Energy India in 2015 with the goal of creating a market-leading clean energy company to help fuel India’s growth with clean and renewable sources of energy. We are immensely proud of all that we have accomplished. As SBG continues our transition to a global investment holding company focused on accelerating the deployment of artificial intelligence, we believe now is the right time to bring in the Adani Group to help drive the next phase of SB Energy India’s growth.”

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, said: “I am delighted that SB Energy has found a good home to carry on its pioneering journey of building a foremost renewable energy company in India. Adani Group has an outstanding track record of building a green energy powerhouse which will get further acceleration with the combination of SB Energy into its fold. I am glad that Bharti could play a constructive role in partnership with SoftBank.”

With this acquisition, AGEL will achieve total renewable capacity of 24.3 GW and operating renewable capacity of 4.9 GW. This acquisition demonstrates AGEL’s intent to be the leader in sustainable energy transition globally and makes it one of the largest renewable energy platforms in the world.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary approvals and conditions. The transaction values SB Energy India at an enterprise valuation of approximately $US 3.5 billion.

 

Fisker ties up with Foxconn for EV project

NYSE-listed Electric Vehicle (EV) solutions provider Fisker has signed framework agreements with Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) which will support joint development and manufacturing related to Project ‘PEAR’ (Personal Electric Automotive Revolution).

PEAR is a programme to develop a new breakthrough electric vehicle.

As per the agreements, Fisker and Foxconn will jointly invest into Project PEAR, with each company taking proceeds from the successful delivery of the programme, the company said in a statement. Fisker will work with Foxconn on a new lightweight platform designated ‘FP28,’ leveraging technological expertise from each company to support Project PEAR and potential future vehicles, the statement added.

 

Breakthroughs from Project PEAR

 

“Our partnership with Foxconn and the creation of Project PEAR has taken shape with remarkable speed and clarity of vision,” said Fisker Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henrik Fisker. “In order to deliver on our promise of product breakthroughs from Project PEAR, we needed to rethink every aspect of product development, sourcing, and manufacturing. Our partnership with Foxconn enables us to deliver those industry firsts at a price point that truly opens up electric mobility to the mass market.”

“Foxconn is excited that our partnership with Fisker continues to trend in the right direction with exciting speed,” said Foxconn Technology Group Chairman, Young-way Liu. “Our work with Fisker aligns with our corporate 3+3 platform, and thanks to our MIH Alliance, Foxconn will be able to work with suppliers from across the world for Project PEAR. We have world-class supply chains in place to support Project PEAR – in particular, securing the reliable delivery of chipsets and semiconductors.”

In support of the work on Project PEAR, the two companies have established a co-located program management office between the U.S. and Taiwan to coordinate design, engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing operations. Following an extensive review of potential US manufacturing sites, the two companies will expedite a manufacturing plan capable of supporting the projected Q4 2023 start of production.

Fisker intends to start production in Europe on its first vehicle, the Ocean electric SUV, in Q4 2022 and will unveil a production-intent prototype of the vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. Project PEAR will be the company’s second production model.

“At under $30,000 with stunning design and innovation, we are rethinking the car, both in terms of proportions, design, interior functionality and connected user experience. Project PEAR comes just a year after we launch the Ocean,” pointed out Mr. Fisker.

“We see the tipping point for electric vehicles fast approaching and we are utterly focused on being ready to meet that demand. The Fisker brand will go beyond electrification, by taking the lead in design innovation and sustainability.”

Masdar: Driving UAE’s Clean Energy push

Renewable Energy power generation is seeing significant uptake in the UAE region.

A week back, Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and Taaleri Energia, which invests in utility-scale wind and solar assets, have agreed to develop a 65-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Greece. The project will be managed through the companies’ joint venture Masdar-Taaleri Generation (MTG).

Masdar is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi.

The development with Taaleri Energia was announced at a virtual signing ceremony, attended by His Excellency Dionyssios Zois, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the UAE, and His Excellency Sulaiman Hamed Salem AlMazroui, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Hellenic Republic.

 

Masdar: marks its Greece entry

 

The project is Masdar’s first investment in the Greek market and will be developed by MTG alongside local partners, the Constantakopoulos family and Autohellas. The project is located in the region of Viotia, approximately 65 kilometers north of the Greek capital, Athens, and is in the advanced development stage, with construction expected to be completed in 2023.

Further, the project will participate in Greece’s feed-in-tariff premium auction scheme in late 2021, company officials said.

“We are extremely pleased for today’s virtual signing of the agreement between two prominent Greek business groups, the Constantakopoulos family and Autohellas, and the joint venture between Masdar, the UAE’s renewable energy leader, and Finland’s Taaleri Energia, a prominent international player in clean energy, with the purpose of establishing a solar photovoltaic project in Greece,” said His Excellency Zois.

“We congratulate all the business groups involved and specifically Masdar on their very first investment in the Greek renewable energy sector and we hope that this agreement will pave the way for additional Emirati investments in Greece, either from Masdar or other UAE entities,” he added.

The Masdar-Taaleri JV, MTG, was announced at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019, and is a development vehicle for renewable energy projects in Central and South Eastern Europe.

“Today’s signing is a milestone occasion that will enhance the long-standing cooperation between Greece and the United Arab Emirates. We are pleased to support the country’s climate change efforts and contribute to their goal of producing 35 per cent of their energy mix from renewables by 2030. We look forward to strengthening our relationship further by expanding our bilateral collaboration in the near future,” said His Excellency AlMazroui.

When completed, the solar PV plant will produce over 100 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity annually.

“As we celebrate our fifteenth anniversary in the renewable energy sector, Masdar is proud to be expanding its global presence by making its first investment in Greece. We look forward to working with our partners and leveraging our international expertise in clean energy projects to support the diversification of the country’s energy mix, while advancing our common climate change mitigation goals,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

“This is a high quality solar PV development project in one of the Taaleri SolarWind II fund’s key markets for solar investments and further demonstrates the value of our joint venture and cooperation with Masdar,” said Kai Rintala, Managing Director of Taaleri Energia.

Masdar and funds managed by Taaleri Energia are co-investment partners in the 158 MW Čibuk 1 wind farm in Serbia, and recently acquired an equal share in two ready-to-build wind farms in Poland, the 37.4 MW Mlawa Wind Farm and the 14 MW Grajewo Wind Farm.

“We are proud to be part of this multi-stakeholder venture for the development of a significant photovoltaic project in our country, and to join reputable groups which are leaders in their respective fields. Together, we can contribute to Greece’s and to our group’s sustainability targets, in maximizing the use of renewable energy,” said Achilles V. Constantakopoulos.

According to Greece’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), the country aims to produce 35 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The plan also targets production of over 60 per cent of the country’s electricity consumption through renewables by the same year, doubling its current contribution.

“Autohellas is honoured to be making its first investment in the renewable energy sector alongside reputable, international and local partners with significant expertise in developing solar photovoltaic projects,” said Eftichios Vassilakis, Chief Executive Officer of Autohellas.

 

Fast RE growth

 

In the Middle East, the two companies have jointly invested in the development and construction of the Baynouna Solar Energy Project, a 200 MW solar PV plant in Jordan, the largest single-site solar PV project in the country.

Renewable power generation grew worldwide at the fastest rate in two decades in 2020, and that trend is set to continue in the aftermath of the pandemic led by countries including the UAE, which is on course to double clean energy production by 2030.

A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) said renewable energy added last year jumped 45 per cent to 280 gigawatts (GW), marking the largest year-over-year increase since 1999. The UAE has been a key contributor to this clean energy drive, having increased its renewables portfolio by over 400 per cent in the last 10 years.

 

Hyundai Oilbank and Air Products sign MoU for hydrogen power

South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank will work with Air Products & Chemicals Ltd., the world’s leading hydrogen supplier, to develop hydrogen technology and business models.

Hyundai Oilbank and Air Products signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in producing hydrogen and its applications in various areas.

The major refiner said it will adopt Air Products’ technology to produce hydrogen using natural gas and crude byproducts for use in vehicles and power generation. Air Products, based in Philadelphia, is the world’s leading supplier of hydrogen and hydrogen mobility solutions with over 60 years of experience.

Hyundai Oilbank said it plans to produce 10,000 tons of “blue” hydrogen by 2025 and develop a business model for “green” hydrogen in collaboration with Air Products to switch to the less carbon-intensive business model. Further Hyundai Oilbank aims to reduce the ratio of its refinery business from the current 85 percent of the total to 50 per cent by 2030 to reduce its carbon emissions and diversify its energy mix.

Hydrogen option for clean energy

Hydrogen has emerged as an important part of the clean energy mix needed to ensure a sustainable future. It can also help improve air quality and strengthen energy security.

Falling costs for hydrogen produced with renewable energy, combined with the urgency of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, has given clean hydrogen unprecedented political and business momentum, according to a report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

In February this year, Atos and HDF Energy announced their plan to develop a complete end-to-end long-term solution to supply data centres with green hydrogen generated by renewable energy. The new solution by Atos and HDF will be the first available on the market for data centres with heavy power consuming workloads, company officials said. HDF Energy is an Independent Power Producer (IPP) focussing on utility-scale clean power generation.

Currently, there are three ways to make hydrogen. Grey hydrogen is produced when the element is stripped out of fossil fuels, while blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas and produces less CO2.

Green hydrogen is the cleanest variety as it uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen from water, according to industry watchers.

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Facebook signs first deal with CleanMax to buy RE in India

In a first of its kind initiative, Facebook has signed a deal to buy renewable energy in India from CleanMax.

According to a Reuters report, the social media giant’s first such deal in South Asia, which will be procured from CleanMax’s 32 megawatt (MW) wind power project, located in southern state of Karnataka.

This is part of a larger portfolio of wind and solar projects that Facebook and Mumbai-based CleanMax are working together on for supplying renewable power into India’s electrical grid, they said in a joint statement.

CleanMax will own and operate the projects, while Facebook will buy the power off the grid using environmental attribute certificates, or carbon credits, the companies said. CleanMax has successfully installed 550+ rooftop solar projects for 170 corporates, with a total rooftop solar operating capacity of 250 MW. CleanMax also operates 450 MW of large-scale solar and wind farms for supplying clean energy to its corporate customers.

Facebook’s head of renewable energy, Urvi Parekh, told Reuters the company typically doesn’t own the power plants but instead signs ‘long-term’ electricity purchasing agreements with the renewable power company.

This development follows the one in Singapore, where Facebook announced similar partnerships with energy providers Sunseap Group, Terrenus Energy and Sembcorp Industries on projects that can produce 160 MW of solar power.

The electricity generated from these plants will power the tech giant’s first Asian data centre that is set to start operations next year, added Parekh. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had recently said that the company’s global operations are now supported wholly by renewable energy and that it has reached net-zero emissions.

Data centres which power tech companies such as Facebook use up as much as 1 per cent of the world’s total energy, the International Energy Agency said last year. Similarly, Singapore’s data centre industry sector accounted for 7 per cent of the country’s total electricity consumption in 2012, noted Professor Wen from NTU College of Engineering. https://w.media/what-you-need-to-know-about-green-dcs/

This ratio is predicted to reach 12 per cent by 2030 due to the rapid growth of the data centre business. Demand for data centres are seeing a surge globally, driven by remote working and increased digitalisation of businesses in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Honda to introduce First Energy service in Europe

Honda will introduce its first energy service in Europe and launch its domestic intelligent charging solution ‘e:PROGRESS’ in the UK.

e:PROGRESS is a home charging solution which includes a connected charger, an advanced intelligent software developed by smart charging and aggregation specialist, Moixa. The software sets a charging schedule to ensure the car is always adequately charged when it’s needed based on the requirements of the owner, while optimising the use of low-priced clean energy.

Europe’s EV push

e:PROGRESS is the first service to be introduced by Honda’s new Energy Solutions division, a business unit recently established to offer a comprehensive portfolio of charging and energy management products and services to EV owners in Europe. Other projects in development include Honda Power Manager – a bi-directional vehicle-to-grid system which enables the collection and distribution of electricity between EVs and the grid to intelligently balance demand and supply of energy, and to make better use of renewables.

Jorgen Pluym, General Manager of Honda’s Energy Solutions division said: “Introducing e:PROGRESS to the market is a significant statement of Honda’s ambition in the provision of energy solutions as part of the continued move towards electrification and the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. This unique and innovative service, our first energy solution for Europe, gives Honda e customers a highly-advanced intelligent charging solution offering considerable cost savings, while our partner Octopus Energy guarantees that 100 per cent of its electricity comes from renewable sources.”

Electricity will be provided by Octopus Energy, with its UK-first dynamic tariff, Agile Octopus, a combined tariff for both the EV and home which allows customers access to lower prices during renewable-heavy, off-peak periods. Moixa’s software selects the most cost-effective times to charge the Honda e based on the tariff, which changes price as often as every 30 minutes in response to fluctuations in wholesale energy prices.

This gives customers an estimated annual saving in charging costs of up to EUR475 per year compared to a standard flat tariff, while Octopus Energy guarantees that 100 per cent of its electricity comes from renewable sources, the company said.

e:PROGRESS offers a seamless experience in setting up the service, guiding the customer through checking their eligibility online, switching to the dynamic tariff and subscribing to intelligent charging.

The preferred connected charger for the service is the Honda Power Charger S+ (4G), which connects remotely to e:PROGRESS to schedule access to low-cost electricity. With a simple yet sophisticated design inspired by that of the Honda e, Honda Power Charger has been designed to create more value in the future with further intelligent charging services which interact with the grid.

As well as offering a unique set of benefits to customers, e:PROGRESS will support active grid management to help stabilise demand and to optimise the use of renewables. It also aligns with Honda’s 2030 Vision, part of which outlines the company’s ambition to create ‘new value’ by moving into areas other than mobility, including energy services.

Offered exclusively to Honda e customers, e:PROGRESS will be available in the UK now. Further services under the e:PROGRESS brand will follow in Germany, with other European countries under consideration.

According to BlueWeave Consulting, the global market for electric vehicle market is estimated to grow from USD 121.8 billion in 2020 to USD 236.3 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 10.6 per cent. In 2020, Europe witnessed the strongest growth compared to other markets. In the present scenario, electric vehicle charging stations in private residences are very common, however, in order to meet the consumer demand, on-site commercial charging is expected to become a standard building feature in this decade.

The electric vehicle market in 2030 is expected to require more than 50 million chargers in buildings, consuming at least 520 TWh per year, as per BlueWeave Consulting’s estimates.

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Mitsubishi Power bags 1500 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Uzbekistan

Mitsubishi Power, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has bagged an order for two M701JAC gas turbines for a 1,500-megawatt (MW) class natural-gas-fired GTCC (gas turbine combined cycle) power plant which is under construction in Sirdarya, in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Sirdarya project is the Government of Uzbekistan’s effort to provide cleaner, more efficient and cost-competitive gas power that can be utilised across industries in Uzbekistan. This new plant will have capacity equivalent to 8 per cent of Uzbekistan’s total generation capability and will be able to meet 15 per cent of the country’s overall power demand when complete. Construction of the new power plant will also lead to the partial closure of existing Sirdarya thermal power plant with improved efficiency, which is expected to result in a reduction of CO2 emissions by 2.2 million tons per year, the company said.

In addition to providing two high-efficiency next-generation gas turbines as the plant’s core equipment, Mitsubishi Power will also provide technical advisers to support construction and commissioning and 25-year long term service agreement (LTSA) to support reliable operation.

The JAC-Series are gas turbines featuring a forced-air-cooled combustor system and an optimized cooling structure. They also have an extra-thick-film thermal barrier coating that enables more advanced cooling of turbine blades, and they adopt a compressor with a high pressure ratio.

The order follows the conclusion of an equipment supply agreement for the Sirdarya project between ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power and water desalination assets in 13 countries worldwide and China Gezhouba Group Co., Ltd. (CGGC) as the appointed project EPC contractor.

Since inception in 2004, ACWA Power has grown rapidly both domestically and internationally in line with its mission to make available electricity and desalinated water in a reliable and responsible manner to support the social development and economic growth of nations where they operate. CGGC is headquartered in Beijing and undertakes business in more than 140 countries worldwide, mainly in the fields of hydropower, environmental protection, equipment manufacture and infrastructure development.

Further, Mitsubishi Power will focus its resources into promoting adoption of high-efficiency, environmentally friendly GTCC power generation equipment in a quest to contribute to stable supplies of electric power indispensable to worldwide economic development, and to help achieve a sustainable decarbonised society.

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L&T bags contract for constructing largest Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has bagged a contract to construct the largest solar plant in Saudi Arabia.

The India-headquartered multinational company, which is into EPC projects, hi-tech manufacturing and services won this contract which is estimated to be in the range of US $600–900 million, the company said. Further, this contract was bagged from the consortium of ACWA Power and the Water and Electricity Holding Company, a subsidiary of the Public Investments Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF), for Sudair Solar PV Project of 1.5 GW capacity.

This project is considered the largest Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia with PPA signed. It is also one of the largest such plants in the world.

The project that is coming up in Riyadh Province has a 30.8 square kilometre land parcel available to install a total capacity of 1.5GW PV Solar modules with associated single axial tracker and inverters.

The ambitions of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) are on track. As part of the NREP, Sudair Solar PV Project is awarded to PIF and its partner, ACWA Power. This project is part of the 70 per cent of the target capacity of 58.7 GW of the Kingdom assigned to Public Investment Fund (PIF), while Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) would undertake competitive tendering for the remaining 30 per cent, as announced by the Ministry of Energy in 2019.

“With several GWs of solar EPC experience, L&T has emerged as a global technology player for solar plants, said S N Subrahmanyan, CEO & Managing Director, L&T.

The company has been a provider of EPC services for several green projects in recent years.

“We are India’s largest EPC company to build hydel power plants, the largest market player to build nuclear power plants with a total capability of 9360 MWe, including some ongoing projects, on an EPC turnkey basis with the capacity to make important critical components like steam turbines, generators, end shields and other critical equipment,” noted Subrahmanyan.

Additionally, L&T has the largest market share of the Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) units for fossil fuel power plants.

It has over 2.1 GW of Utility Scale Solar projects commissioned and are also operating and maintaining many of them. “We have a diversified renewable portfolio of 32MW Floating Solar Power Plants, 135 MWH of Battery Energy Storage projects, 500 Micro Grids and 14,000 Solar Water Pumps,” added Subrahmanyan.

L&T is also working on potential solutions related to Green Hydrogen and Carbon Capture & Storage technologies. “Securing this project is a major milestone in our clean and green energy path to fight the climate crisis that the world faces,” pointed out Subrahmanyan.

T. Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Utilities), L&T said “KSA aims to become a pioneer in Renewable Energy and we are happy to be a part of this journey. We have been building efficient power transmission and distribution networks with modern substations and transmission lines in this region for more than two decades. This is yet another recognition of our capabilities to construct mega projects to speed and scale”.

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Strong demand adds powerful voltage to Shanghai Electric’s revenues

On the back of a strong performance in 2020, Shanghai Electric said that it will continue to implement its ‘three steps forward’ development philosophy, which is oriented towards strategy, problem-solving and results.

The world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of electric power generation, industrial equipment and integration services will continue to develop its smart energy services, in a bid to accelerate the industry towards a digitalised, connected and future.

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Shanghai Electric achieved strong results by reducing the impact across various business segments, the company said.

For the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020, the company achieved total revenue of RMB 137.285 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.67 per cent, and the net profit attributable to owners of the company increased 7.34 per cent year-on-year to RMB 3.758 billion. New orders grew to RMB 185.55 billion and orders on hand rose to RMB 276.09 billion, a year-on-year increase of 8.7 per cent and 14.7 per cent respectively.

The Board of Shanghai Electric has proposed to pay a final dividends of RMB 0.7178 for every ten shares.

Significant strides

In 2020, Shanghai Electric made significant strides in the reform of institutional mechanisms, integrated development of technologies, investment in scientific research and innovation, the development of smart solutions, and the construction of its Industrial Internet SEunicloud Platform — making steady progress on the road to become a force to reckon with.

The Energy Equipment Business Segment has maintained steady performance and achieved revenue of RMB 55.96 billion — a 21.8 per cent increase year-on-year that was mainly attributed to the rapid growth of wind turbines and components business.

Shanghai Electric also grew revenue from its Integrated Services Business Segment, which encompasses Energy Engineering and Services, Environmental Engineering and Services, Automation Engineering and Services, the Industrial Internet service, Financial Services, International Trade Services and more. This segment rose 17.9 per cent year-on-year to RMB 52.232 billion, with the uptick driven by accelerated growth in Energy Engineering and Services.

In 2020, the Company successfully obtained approval from the Listing Committee of Shanghai Stock Exchange for listing its subsidiary, Shanghai Electric Wind Power Group Co (SEWP), on the Science and Technology Innovation Board and completed the mixed-ownership reform of Shanghai Renmin Electrical Apparatus Works (SREAW) and Shanghai Centrifuge Institute Co., Ltd.

Furthermore, in order to drive the consumption of new energies and achieve green and sustainable development, Shanghai Electric proactively promoted energy transformation and its comprehensive energy services comprising wind, solar, hydro, thermal and storage integration and ‘source, grid, load and energy storage integration’.

Increased R&D push

The company also increased investment in R&D and successfully launched the world’s first black start wind turbine project with a capacity of over 5MW — establishing the complete technological capabilities for a smart energy solution.

Committed to cultivating renewable energy and energy storage, Shanghai Electric officially launched multiple smart solutions throughout 2020. Last year, the Company put its Shanghai Electric Guoxuan Nantong lithium battery industrial base into operation, as well as its integrated wind-solar Smart Energy project in Shanghai’s Minhang Industrial Zone, and Shanghai Electric Golmud Meiman Minhang energy storage power station in Golmud City, Qinghai Province.

Shanghai Electric added nearly 30,000 new devices to its ‘SEunicloud’ industrial internet platform in the 2020 fiscal year, with assets value totalling RMB 24.7 billion. It also developed and integrated 15 industry applications, ranging from equipment networking and fault diagnosis to energy planning. Simultaneously, Shanghai Electric developed eight preliminary industry solutions, which include wind power smart operation and maintenance, thermal power remote operation and maintenance, machine tool operation and maintenance, energy storage battery and distributed energy.

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Adani Electricity launches green energy option to Mumbai customers

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML), a part of the Adani Group
has launched its Mumbai Green Energy initiative, with an aim to play a pivotal role in Mumbai’s transition towards green energy.

As a part of this initiative, customers will have a flexibility to choose renewable energy consumption options, a move which is the first of its kind in India.

Further, AEML will source over 30 per cent of its energy requirement through renewable energy by 2023 and further increase this share to 50 per cent by way of consent already being sought from Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to add additional 1000 MW of Round The Clock (RTC) Power with more than 51 per cent component from RE Power. Indian regulations mandate approval from a regulatory commission such as MERC before any scheme is rolled out to customers.

AEML customers can ask the utility for options to buy RE Power under the current MERC scheme of providing 100 per cent RE Power, by paying 66 paisa extra. Also, AEML will be able to provide RE Certificates to customers as AEML will receive 700 MW supply from hybrid solar and wind generation in Rajasthan towards end of 2022-23.

AEML will also add an additional 1,000 MW power with substantial component of green energy, which has already, put up for approval of MERC.

Kandarp Patel, CEO and MD, AEML, said “AEML will empower its customers to choose the source of their energy, making green electrons accessible to everyone and enabling the green energy transition. We can guarantee 100 per cent green energy supply and certificates in Mumbai, without any modifications or disruptions. We will create customised renewable energy solutions for all customers to take full advantage of the renewable energy opportunities and achieve their sustainability goals.”

This Mumbai Green Energy Initiative is a voluntary program and is for existing AEML consumers and prospective customers. All existing and new customers are eligible to participate. AEML will issue monthly certificates to such customers stating the percentage (%) of power requirement that has been sourced through renewable energy.

Rapid strides are underway in Asia towards clean energy consumption. Recently, Singapore-based solar firm Sunseap Group will form a joint venture with Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB). This joint venture trial is to import clean electricity into Singapore, from Malaysia.

According to the terms of the agreement, the partnership will import 100 MW of electricity to be generated from renewable energy sources, TNB and Sunseap said in a joint statement.

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Fujitsu and AutoGrid to boost Renewable Energy use in Japan

Fujitsu, AutoGrid to boost Renewable Energy use in Japan

Fujitsu Limited said that it will begin offering Autogrid’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) solution in the Japanese market.

Fujitsu will leverage the solution to maximise the use of distributed energy resources in the domestic energy market and contribute to the expansion of renewable energy and the realisation of a decarbonised society. AutoGrid provides SaaS solutions to many energy companies in Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific and North America.

Based on the agreement, Fujitsu will begin selling the VPP solution AutoGrid Flex in the Japanese market as an AutoGrid partner.

Since renewables remain dependent on the weather, however, it often proves difficult to predict and adjust the amount of energy supplied. The development and expansion of VPP, which combines distributed energy resources owned by factories and homes to manage and control them, represents a possible solution to these challenges.

What the collaboration entails

 

By taking advantage of Fujitsu’s strong partnership with customers in the energy industry and proven track record of providing SI services including in VPP related areas, as well as AutoGrid’s experience of deploying VPP solutions globally, Fujitsu will contribute to the creation of an industry wide next-generation energy platform.

AutoGrid Flex enables the optimisation of energy operations and the control and management of distributed energy resources. By providing this solution to energy providers and aggregators, Fujitsu will contribute to the realisation of next-generation energy platform to maximise the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power, and distributed energy resources, such as storage batteries.

Going forward, Fujitsu will expand its capabilities in the area of energy data utilization to achieve real-time, high-precision, optimised control of distributed energy resources, significantly enhancing the value of energy resources managed by energy providers and aggregators. AutoGrid aims to expand its business in Japan with its VPP technologies, providing Fujitsu with VPP solutions that enable the utilisation of multi-functional, flexible, and distributed energy resources that are suitable for the Japanese market.

“AutoGrid aims to expand its VPP presence in Japan by providing Fujitsu with solutions that push the utilization of flexible DERs to the next level,” said Amit Narayan, Founder & CEO, AutoGrid. “We already see a great openness to grid innovation in the Japanese market, and this partnership paves the way for more efficient, intelligent and clean energy systems to take hold.”

“Distributed energy resources were introduced in Japan to promote grid resiliency but it often proves difficult to predict and adjust the amount of energy supplied. Energy providers, aggregators and grid operators have started building VPP systems to operate energy efficiently and to respond to the expanding energy trading market,” said Michiaki Morioka, Head of Utility Business Division, Fujitsu.

“By utilising Fujitsu’s strong partnership with customers in the energy industry as well as AutoGrid’s experience of deploying VPP solutions globally, this partnership will contribute to the creation of an industry wide next-generation energy platform.”

Also, the two companies will continue leveraging their respective strengths to promote the introduction of renewable energy and contribute to the realization of a more sustainable society by delivering solutions that contribute to the stable and efficient use of distributed energy resources.

In recent years, the introduction of distributed energy resources, which include renewables and energy sources like solar power generation and storage batteries, has been promoted to strengthen resilience against natural disasters and achieve the Japanese government’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

By the end of March 2026, Fujitsu aims to achieve sales of JPY 3.8 billion in the Japanese market for services based on AutoGrid Flex.

 

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India’s largest power generator NTPC completes total installed capacity of 65,810 MW

With the successful completion of trial operation by Unit-2 of Tanda Super Thermal Power Station in Uttar Pradesh (UP), NTPC’s installed capacity has risen to 65,810 MW.

NTPC, India’s largest power generator also said that its Unit-2 of 660 MW capacity of Nabinagar Super Thermal Power Project (3 x 660 MW) of Nabinagar Power Generating Co. Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited) has successfully completed trial operation.

NTPC also announced Commercial Operation Date (COD) of the first part capacity of 70 MW Of 85 MW Bilhaur Solar PV Project in UP.

NTPC Group has 70 power stations including 26 renewable projects. The group has over 18 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects. With global shift in energy space, NTPC is increasingly emphasising on ESG and changed its focus to renewable for future growth while improving on sustainability matrix. Sustained efforts are underway for transforming into an Integrated Energy company.

Uninterrupted supply of electricity through environment-friendly energy projects at affordable prices has been a key fous area of NTPC, company officials said. In February, NTPC commenced commercial operations for the Kameng Hydro-Electric Project, a part North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC Ltd.

In the December-ended quarterly results, gross generation of NTPC came in at 65.42 billion units as against 61.21 billion units during the corresponding period of previous year. This us an increase of 6.87 per cent. For nine months of financial year 2021, gross generation was 193.28 billion units as against 191.35 billion units during the corresponding period of previous year.

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Hydrogen emerging as a clean energy alternative to power DCs

As the drive towards sustainability is moving at a break neck speed, corporations on their part are making an effort to build “green” at the centre of everything. Most of the new data centre build outs are happening with renewable energy at the centre of powering its gargantuan needs. Take the case of Singapore. The country’s data centre industry accounted for 7 per cent of the countries total electricity consumption in 2012. This ratio is expected to reach 12 per cent by 2030 due to rapid growth in DC business.

Enter the Hydrogen!

Hydrogen is beginning to emerge as an important part of the clean energy mix needed to ensure a sustainable future. It can also help improve air quality and strengthen energy security. Falling costs for hydrogen produced with renewable energy, combined with the urgency of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, has given clean hydrogen unprecedented political and business momentum, according to a report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

In February this year, Atos and HDF Energy announced their plan to develop a complete end-to-end long-term solution to supply data centres with green hydrogen generated by renewable energy. The new solution by Atos and HDF will be the first available on the market for data centres with heavy power consuming workloads, company officials said. HDF Energy is an Independent Power Producer (IPP) focussing on utility-scale clean power generation.

“We are constantly seeking to develop solutions to leverage our own sustainable journey towards decarbonization and to support our clients in theirs. In this perspective, the solution to be developed by Atos and HDF will be the first solution available on the market that will enable a full production datacenter with very demanding workloads to be operated using green hydrogen. This meets the expectations not only of operators, but also of the market and public authorities.” says Arnaud Bertrand, SVP, Head of Strategy and Innovation for Big Data & Security at Atos.

“We are very excited to develop the first-of-its-kind green datacenter with Atos. HDF is a pioneer in hydrogen-energy and it is very important for us to demonstrate that our Hydrogen-to-Power solutions are suitable for customers with a strategic need for a reliable electricity supply. This further development into the digital industry, where energy consumption is increasing every day, opens up a considerable worldwide market for us. The HDF-Atos partnership offers the first unique and sustainable infrastructure for this huge market.” stated Damien Havard, CEO at HDF.

Atos will provide a complete end-to-end green data center solution by designing and providing the hardware, software and integration services that make it possible to exploit the electricity produced by green hydrogen so that it can be used in data centres. This includes using the most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to optimise energy consumption.

HDF Energy will supply a power plant, which will provide predictable and firm electricity thanks to its high-powered fuel cells. These cells will be powered by green hydrogen derived from photovoltaic or wind farms.

According to US Dept of Energy, a data centre consumes 100-200 times power when compared to an office building. “Energy alone cosumes 50 per cent of a data centre’s operating costs,” according to Professor Wen Yonggang from NTU College of Engineering. Prof Wen’s latest work on DCWiz for Data Centre Digital Transformation has researched on green data centre, including data centre cooling systems, power systems and the world’s first tropical air free-cooled data centre testbed.

Where hydrogen helps

The current policy debate suggests that now is the time to scale up technologies and to bring down costs to allow hydrogen to become widely used. Hydrogen can help tackle various critical energy challenges.

It offers ways to decarbonise a range of sectors – including intensive and long-haul transport, chemicals, and iron and steel – where it is proving difficult to meaningfully reduce emissions. Additionally, it increases flexibility in power systems. Hydrogen is versatile in terms of supply and use.

Also, it is a free energy carrier that can be produced by many energy sources. Hydrogen can enable renewables to provide an even greater contribution. It has the potential to help with variable output from renewables, such as solar photovoltaics (PV).

Hydrogen is one of the options for storing energy from renewables and looks poised to become a lowest-cost option for storing large quantities of electricity over days, weeks or even months. Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels can transport energy from renewable sources over long distances.

Transition challenges galore

Even as the case for Hydrogen is attractive, concerns remain. From designing hardware to usage of software (that consumes optimum electricity), everything needs to be looked into minutely.

“In order to develop a green data center, there are many challenges to tackle. You need to reduce the energy consumption of the data center, and to make the consumed energy greener,” says François Trahay – Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

At the hardware level, the servers need to consume as little energy as possible while providing enough computing power to process an increasing amount of data. This means that processor manufacturers constantly improve their hardware design so that billions of transistors only consume a few Watts while being able to process billions of instructions per second.

“At a data centre scale, the cooling of servers and the air flow within the server room is optimised in order to cool tens of thousands of servers with as little energy as possible. The heat produced by servers can be collected and reused to heat buildings,” points out Trahay.

At the software level, finding new algorithms that process data efficiently is key to reducing the energy consumption of servers. The other main challenge is to exploit computing resources efficiently by improving the operating systems or by grouping applications on a few servers so that idle servers can be switched off.

“In addition to the reduction of energy consumption, a green data centre also needs to consume energy that does not generate greenhouse gases,” opines Trahay. For instance, data centers in Iceland can be powered by geothermal or hydroelectric power.

Another possibility is to use wind or solar energy. But such fluctuating resources require to be able to adapt the energy consumption of the data centre, or to store the energy so that it can be used later.

Reality check

Development of blue hydrogen as a transition solution also faces challenges in terms of production upscaling and supply logistics. Development and deployment of CCUS has lagged compared to the objectives set in the last decade. Additional costs pose a challenge, as well as the economies of scale that favour large projects. Public acceptance can be an issue as well. Synergies may exist between green and blue hydrogen deployment, for example economies of scale in hydrogen use or hydrogen logistics.

Also, a hydrogen-based energy transition will not happen overnight. Hydrogen will likely trail other strategies such as electrification of end-use sectors and its use will target specific applications.

The need for a dedicated new supply infrastructure may limit hydrogen use to certain countries that decide to follow this strategy. Therefore, hydrogen efforts should not be considered a panacea.

Instead, hydrogen represents a complementary solution that is especially relevant for countries with ambitious climate objectives. Per unit of energy, hydrogen supply costs are 1.5 to 5 times those of natural gas, according to industry watchers.

Low-cost and highly efficient hydrogen applications warrant such a price difference. Also, decarbonisation of a significant share of global emissions will require clean hydrogen or hydrogen-derived fuels.

Currently, significant energy losses occur in hydrogen production, transport and conversion. Reducing these losses is critical for the reduction of the hydrogen supply cost.

Dedicated hydrogen pipelines have been in operation for decades. Transport of hydrogen via existing and refurbished gas pipelines is being explored. This may reduce new infrastructure investment needs and help to accelerate a transition, according to the IRENA report.

However, equipment standards need to be adjusted, which may take time. Whether the way ahead involves radical natural gas replacement or gradually changing mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen mixtures is still unclear, observes IRENA.

While international hydrogen commodity shipping is being developed, another opportunity that deserves more attention is trade of energy-intensive commodities produced with hydrogen. Ammonia production, iron and steel making, and liquids for aviation, marine bunkers or feedstock for synthetic organic materials production (so-called electrofuels or e-fuels that are part of a power-to-X strategy) seem to be prime markets.

However, cost and efficiency barriers need to be overcome. This may offer an opportunity to accelerate global renewables deployment with economic benefits.

How energy-intensive areas such as data centres use this will be interesting to look at, going forward.

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Adani Green to acquire 2 Solar Plants with 75 MW capacity

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), one of the largest renewables energy companies in India, has acquired a 100 per cent stake in two Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) holding 74.94 MW solar projects.

These are operating plants of Sterling & Wilson- a Shapoorji Pallonji group company, which is one of India’s largest real estate companies. The projects, commissioned in 2017, are located in Medak District of Telangana and have long-term Power Purchase Agreements(PPA) with the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited, the company said.

The enterprise valuation of the target SPV is Rs.446 crore. AdaniGreen Energy Limited (AGEL), a part of India-based Adani Group, has one of the largest global renewable portfolios with 15.2GW of operating, under-construction and awarded projects catering to investment-grade counterparties. The company develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains utility-scale grid-connected solar and wind farm projects. Key customers of AGEL include the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and various state distribution companies or discoms.

With this acquisition, AGEL will increase its operating renewable capacity to 3,470MW with a total renewable portfolio of 15,240 MW.

Vneet S. Jaain, MD & CEO, Adani Green Energy Ltd, said: “Strengthening our portfolio through organic and inorganic growth opportunities is an integral part of our vision to build a capacity of 25 GW by 2025 and become the largest renewables company in the world. We will leverage the strength of our platform and capital management philosophy to achieve operational improvements and value-accretive returns from the project.”

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary approvals and conditions. Adani Green is listed in the Indian bourses.

Adani Group’s renewable energy portfolio has exceeded the total capacity installed by the entire United States solar industry in 2019.

According to a report by research firm Mercom, Adani’s solar portfolio is 12.32 Gwac. At the end of 2019, the United States had about 1,100,546 MW—or 1.1 billion kilowatts (kW)—of total utility-scale electricity generating capacity, according to data from US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Further, Adani’s solar energy generation will displace 1.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide, Mercom said. Gautam Adani, Group Chairman has set target of 25 GWac of renewable power in installed generation capacity by 2025. India has set a renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022.

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Bharti Airtel to acquire additional 3.3% in Avaada MHBuldhana

Bharti Airtel is set to acquire an additional 3.3 per cent stake in Special Purpose Vehicle Avaada MHBuldhana.

The SPV has been formed for owning and operating a captive power plant.

The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm had earlier acquired 5.2 per cent stake in Avaada MHBuldhana for for $45 million in an all-cash deal.

“We wish to inform you that the company has further agreed on March 22, 2021 for acquisition of additional 2,914,100 equity shares, approximately 3.33 per cent in Avaada MHBuldhan Private Limited, a special purpose vehicle formed for the purpose of owning and operating captive power plant, in terms of the regulatory requirement for captive power consumption under electricity laws,” Airtel said in a filing to the stock exchanges in India.

The transaction is expected to be completed by April 30, the filing said.

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Avaada MHBuldhana Private Limited, is a Group Company of Avaada Energy Private Limited (AEPL), a player in the Indian solar industry. An early entrant, through its associate companies, the organization had developed a portfolio of over 1 GW solar and wind projects across the country and the first Independent Power producer (IPP) to cross 1GW installed capacity milestone in India, according to regulatory filings.

Avaada MHBuldhana Private Limited is a newly formed company and developing captive generating solar power plant in Maharashtra which will become operational by March 2021. It has attracted investors into renewable portfolio from the likes of ADB, FMO – France, Proparco -Netherlands and DEG -Germany.

 

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Delta develops cutting-edge networking solutions for the next generation of data centers with Microsoft and COBO

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, has partnered with Microsoft and Consortium for On Board Optics (COBO) to launch a proof of concept open networking switch for the next generation of data center infrastructures.

The switch is said to provide leading transmission speeds and energy efficiency as we enter the nascent 5G era, offering up to 800 gigabytes per second of transmission speed, 12.8Tbps bandwidth capacity, and up to 30% energy savings compared to similar peer technologies.

Powering the future of data centers

As cloud adoption continues to rise, increasing the need for hyperscale and cloud data centers, these facilities will need the support of networking systems that provide faster transmission speeds and lower carbon footprints.

As a result, member-driven organisations like COBO are racing to develop solutions that meet essential data center requirements.

Microsoft’s Principal Network Architect and COBO’s President, Brad Booth, said: “Being capable of integrating COBO and other form factors into a single platform has been an integral contribution to this POC project to enable end users to perform hands-on evaluation and testing.”

The open networking switch integrates five different optical module form factors into a single, compact 4U rack. The system also includes two 400G QSFP-DD, two 400G OSFP and sixty-four 100G QSFP ports as well as Intel’s 8-core 2.0 GHz D-1548 Broadwell high-performance chip, which sits at the core of Delta’s switch.

“We look forward to cooperating with Microsoft and COBO to accelerate the growth of the 5G mega trend with this inventive technology,” said Victor Cheng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Information & Communications Technology Business Group at Delta.

On top of being a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Azure Cloud Solution Provider, Delta launched a 5G smart manufacturing solution with the tech giant in June.

Earlier this year, Delta also celebrated receiving an Uptime Institute’s TIER III-Ready certification for their Point of Delivery data center solution, which recognises its ability to deliver resilience and reliability for their data center.

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Schneider Electric to deliver innovative solutions for hyperscale data centers after expanding partnership with AVEVA

Innovative solutions are coming for hyperscale data centers after Schneider Electric and AVEVA expanded their partnership.

Announcements to develop hyperscale data centers is a frequent occurrence to meet worldwide demand for more data capacity and cloud adoption. But the complexity in operating at this scale and maintaining these facilities creates unprecedented challenges for hyperscale providers, which require different approaches to power the infrastructure.

This is where the new innovative solutions by Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, the global leader in engineering and industrial software, will come into play.

Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President of Energy Management at Schneider Electric, said: “At a time when the world’s digital infrastructure is being pushed to its limits, Schneider and AVEVA are delivering a comprehensive solution for hyperscale data centers to operate and maintain their critical environments.”

The solution will integrate Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers control and monitoring capabilities with AVEVA’s scalable industrial software to enable deep and expansive visibility of day-to-day operations.

Mr Delorme added: “The complete solution will deliver operational efficiency and a more reliable data center fleet.”

Digitally transforming legacy systems

The partnership looks to digitally transform legacy systems by connecting platforms and data sets that previously existed in disparate systems.

Craig Hayman, the CEO of AVEVA, said: “Our joint customers are empowered by the standardized systems and processes resulting in improved workforce efficiency across multiple sites and the entire enterprise.”

The solutions will achieve their aims by taking data that has long been managed at individual data centers and normalising it across multiple sites to inform and provide enterprise level IT/OT/IoT integration that delivers real-time decision making.

Ultimately, the innovations hope to empower data center staff to feel empowered in making faster and more informed decisions as well as optimising assets and operational efficiency by enabling facilities to scale regardless of number of sites or global location.

The hyperscale market is powering up, as Equinix also recently announced they would build three hyperscale data centers in Japan after the data center provider signed a US$1 billion agreement with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Supermicro and Japan’s PFN produce world’s most efficient supercomputer

As the trend towards green technologies and increasing power costs continues, Supermicro celebrated their collaboration with Preferred Networks (PFN) to build the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer.

The MN-3 supercomputer achieved the first place ranking in the Green500 semi-annual industry assessment.

“The Green500 international recognition confirms that Supermicro delivers resource-saving, superior design, and high-reliability to the market,” said Charles Liang, the CEO and President of Supermicro.

The innovator in high-efficiency server technology achieved 15% higher efficiency compared to the previous Green500 record held by RIKEN in 2018. The MN-3 reached a record of 21.11 Gigaflops of performance-per-watt, delivering a total performance of 1.62 Petaflops. This was important for engineers, as performance-per-watt determines the cost of power and the cooling requirements to keep the system running.

After an exhaustive selection process, PFN partnered with Supermicro to develop the customised server, addressing a wide range of applications that require ultra-fast communications.

“Supermicro was excited to work with PFN on this exceptional system supporting machine learning and deep learning applications and energy efficiency,” added Mr. Liang.

The PFN solution is based on the Supermicro GPU server that utilises Intel Xeon CPUs as well as MN-Core boards developed by PFN for the training phase in deep learning.

“We can deliver outstanding performance while using a fraction of the power that was previously required for such a large supercomputer,” said Yusuke Doi, the VP of Computing Infrastructure at PFN.

The MN-Core boards were created after PFN determined they needed faster and more optimised solutions since the existing accelerators were not keeping up with customer demand.

PFN Supercomputer
PFN Supercomputer

The supercomputer required out-of-the-box thinking to be able to fit two CPUs, four MN-Core boards, 6TB of DDR4 memory, multiple GPUs, and interconnects enabling ultra-fast communications between the GPUs.

Following the completion of the supercomputer, PFN and Supermicro achieved a cluster of 48 servers, four interconnect nodes and five 100GbE switches, with a total of 2,080 CPU cores and housed in a 7U high rack-mounted unit.

This efficient design will enable accelerated deep learning algorithms, empowering PFN to design new applications that address customers’ pressing requirements and Service Level Agreements at reduced operating costs.

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Discover Japan’s exciting cloud and data center markets

Japan’s cloud and data center markets have an exciting future ahead, with billion dollar investments taking place. So how can you tap into the country’s bright future?

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Advanced UPS battery system launched by South Korea’s Kokam

A new advanced battery system for Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) has been launched by South Korea’s Kokam.

The battery system is designed to support mission-critical facilities like data centers where seamlessly switching to full backup power supplies during power outages is crucial.

“With data center growth and grid instability, the UPS battery market is experiencing considerable expansion,” said Ike Hong, the President of Kokam.

The advanced solution uses innovative cell technology to achieve higher energy density and an increased power output of 8 C-rate.

“The launch of our new advanced battery system for the UPS battery market is aimed to provide a cost-effective and advanced solution to address the current grid stability challenges,” added Mr. Hong.

Kokam's new UPS battery system
Kokam’s new UPS battery system

With up to a 46% smaller footprint and 20% lighter design compared to traditional lead-acid systems, the new UPS battery is said to decrease total cost of ownership, which is already up to 40% less than conventional systems.

The South Korea-based lithium-ion battery and integrated energy solution provider was acquired by SolarEdge, a global leader in smart energy technology, in 2018. Since then, Kokam was awarded contracts to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems in South Korea.

The country’s Government is giving incentives for the wide-spread installation of energy storage systems, as they plan to generate 35% of its power from renewable sources by 2040.

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As one of the most innovative countries in the world, South Korea has exciting cloud and data center markets. But will the country continue to be a shining star in the next five years?

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Legrand Data Center Solutions launches in India to address $404m market

Legrand India has announced the launch of Legrand Data Center Solutions in the country to address a market size of US$403.8 million (3000 crores).

The data center solutions provider will bring together a portfolio of global brands, including Legrand, Cablofil, Numeric, Raritan and Server Technology under a single specialist team.

“Data centers in India are growing at a very fast pace. We are witnessing a growth of about 8.5%,” said Tony Berland, the Managing Director and CEO of Legrand India.

Companies across India are accelerating their digital adoption, with unprecedented levels of data consumption and surging cloud uptake. 

Data centers are crucial in meeting these rising digital demands by hosting critical applications and performing crucial tasks, which consume a huge amount of energy.

“We felt it is time to demonstrate our focus and support the data center market in India and make it future-ready,” said Mr. Berland.

Legrand Data Center Solutions provide modular, scalable and customisable solutions that are designed for agility in hyperscale and micro data centers. They have provided solutions to global players, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Colt and Equinix. 

“We are not diversifying. We are bringing multiple brands under one umbrella in India,” said Sanjay Motwani, the Business Head at Legrand Data Center Solutions.

Legrand Data Center Solutions aims to become a preferred vendor of choice in three to five years’ time, as data localisation laws in India continue to increase the needs for data centers.

“With the government sharing the cause for data center infrastructure development, there is more and more reason to believe that Legrand Data Center Solutions will have a compelling growth story unfolding for itself,” said Mr. Motwani.

Headquartered in Mumbai, Legrand currently has an employee base of 6,000 in India with an ambition to expand to new frontiers and establish leadership. Today, data centers account for 10% of the Legrand Group turnover.

Earlier this month, property consultancy firm JLL revealed data center capacity will grow from 375 MW to 1,078 MW over the next five years due to increasing adoption of new technologies and impacting data localisation laws.

India’s data center market is poised for a bright future with more hyperscale and colocation data centers as long as the country commits to data localisation laws and harnesses the true power of cloud computing and Industry 4.0 technology like 5G, edge computing and the Internet of Things.

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What does the future hold for India’s data center market?

The need for data centers in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels.

But how can you tap into this exciting market? And what is the best practice for data center operators and cloud service providers in the country?

Stay tuned for more fascinating webinars taking a deep dive into the data center and cloud markets in India!

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Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Power and cooling solutions for data centers are of critical importance to keep facilities and businesses online, especially as need the for data centers and greater data capacities continue to grow.

But running data centers are having worrying impacts on the environment by consuming approximately 1%-3% of the world’s electricity supply and pumping out 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

With social responsibilities to protect the environment and reduce energy costs rising, operators in Southeast Asia are exploring power and cooling solutions, including floating data centers, solar power and hybrid cooling.

That’s why the data center power market is set to exceed ~US$27 billion by 2024 and the value of data center cooling is expected to run past ~US$20 billion by 2024.

For our next digital event in our Data Center Series, you are invited to explore the latest sustainable designs and innovative power and cooling solutions to solve the pressing energy supply and environmental concerns.

Are you listening to your data center?

Metering and monitoring data center innovations are crucial for making sure facilities are up and running effectively and efficiently.

During a pre-show interview, we will be joined by Clinton Marshall, the Deputy Director for Solutions and Channel Development from our Platinum Sponsors at Legrand Data Center Solutions in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Marshall has vast experience in designing, consulting and implementing industry best-practice approaches to data center capacity, energy and infrastructure management.

“[Join me] to learn how power monitoring and measurement can be effectively used to meet demands, while simultaneously delivering an IT environment that is able to achieve evolving business, usage, regulatory, and financial goals,” said Mr. Marshall.

Mr. Marshall will also present a thought leadership presentation during the digital event.

Explore best practices and strategy for sustainable data centers

Many Governments around the world are implementing carbon neutrality regulations and green data center standards to improve efficiency and sustainability.

In our first panel session, we will be joined by Tamás Balogh, the Director of H1 systems, our Silver Sponsor.

Mr. Balogh is a data center infrastructure expert and consultant who has worked on several dozens of data center facility projects from scratch.

“I look forward to sharing our insights on how data centers can become more sustainable without compromising their SLA or budget,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will also share information about H1 System’s recent prototype data center project in Europe as well as how the results from the project can be applied to more tropical environments in Asia Pacific.

“The current global crisis of COVID-19 and climate change crisis impacts our life significantly, and more and more directly,” added Mr. Balogh.

He identified that the ICT sector is making rapid changes to adapt to the situations similar to Governments, which impact the data center industry.

“Being prepared for sustainable data centers won’t be just an option in the future which makes present times very interesting,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will be joined by Joshua Au, the Head for Data Centre and Information Technology Shared Services at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

As an expert and active member of the data center industry, Mr. Au will share how data centers can run with as little waste as possible, particularly considering that some facilities currently aste up to even 90% of the electricity they pull from the grid.

Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Data capacity demands are rising across the world, as more businesses are digitally transforming and Internet penetration is rising. This increases the need for higher power density and effective cooling in data centers.

With these rising demands, Southeast Asia’s cooling market is expected to grow to 926 million dollars by 2024 and the APAC power market is expected to grow by 8% annually.

To further explore the future trends and innovations in the data center power and cooling market, we will be joined by Mr. Marshall from Legrand Data Center Solutions and Wong Ka Vin, the Managing Director from DC1st, in our second panel session.

Mr. Marshall has gathered significant ‘real world’ customer insight and experience in developing best practice approaches to resolving challenges and reducing the complexity of day-to-day data center operations.

Mr. Wong brings with him over 30 years of executive management and leadership roles in the ICT industry and experience of designing and constructing data centers in Singapore and Indonesia.

Both panel sessions will be moderated by James Rix, the Associate Director of Arcadis UK, who is well versed in running data center projects across the whole data centre stack within 14 different countries around the world.

Register now to join your industry peers on Thursday 27 August to put these innovations under the microscope, as we strive for an efficient and environmentally friendly data center future.

BDx makes history with first data center in Nanjing to receive Uptime Tier III Certification

Big Data Exchange (BDx) has made history with their new data center in Nanjing, which is the first facility in the city to achieve the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The data center being constructed in Nanjing, China received the highly sought after certification by proving the facility required no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance.

“Ensuring that BDx meets, and even exceeds, the industry standards for our infrastructure is our top priority for all of our facilities, including our Nanjing data center,” said David Kim, the Chief Operating Officer for BDx.

The Nanjing data center known as NKG1 is powered by two separate 10 kilovolt feeders from two substations. The completion of this power source brings the BDx facility one step closer to launching.

“With 1,000 racks, the NKG1 facility is ideal for local organizations, Chinese OTTs and overseas companies looking to house their IT infrastructures in China,” said Sujit Panda, the Chief Technology Officer for BDx.

Upon the launch of the Nanjing data center, scheduled for October 2020, the facility will connect to the fully redundant command and control systems provided by the BDx Global Operating Platform. NKG1 is also strategically positioned to allow customers to interconnect across BDx clusters as well as public clouds and third-party data centers.

“The data center is strategically positioned along the newly defined Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation’s biggest inland ports, making it an ideal location for national and international businesses who want to grow their presence in China,” added Mr. Panda.

BDx announced the construction of their Nanjing data center back in February and would include 3,800 once fully completed.

“Its location and connectivity help BDx form a network hub designed to meet rising internet and cloud exchange demands from international and domestic customers,” said Bill Gao, the Executive Vice President and CEO for BDx China in February.

The Nanjing data center will add to the current eight data centers acquired by BDx in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Did you know the data center power market is set to exceed ~US$27 billion by 2024?

This is because the increasing demand for data centers has led to energy consumption of around 3% of the total energy generated globally, costing billions of dollars per year.

Operators in Southeast Asia are now exploring power and cooling innovations, including floating data centerssolar power and hybrid cooling.

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Delta Electronics tackles the unique challenges of powering mature and emerging data center markets in Southeast Asia

The task of powering data centers is no easy feat, especially when each country brings its unique infrastructure challenges. Any downtime for data centers can be incredibly costly, and this risk is continuously increasing with more industries becoming reliant on data centers.

Within this context, Delta Electronics, a leading global provider of power management solutions, identifies and tackles the unique challenges of powering data centers in emerging markets like the Philippines and more mature markets like Singapore with tailored solutions fitted to each environment.

Reliably empowering data center growth in the Philippines

Emerging markets like the Philippines fuel Southeast Asia’s data center construction market growth with companies such as Globe Telecom, the Philippine Land Transportation Office and PLDT expanding their networks in the country.

The Philippines has a population of over 100.7 million, with 41 Internet users per 100 and rising. It is also ranked #34 for data center density.

But to enable sustainable growth, data centers in the Philippines must have reliable power in a country where natural disasters and political controversies pose great risks for power suppliers.

“Power qualities in areas outside of Metropolitan Manila are not as reliable. Voltage spikes and sags as well as routine power outages are still common for some areas,” said Jimmy Wan, Country Sales Director for Delta Electronics.

Manila has a connectivity ecosystem made up of 18 colocation data centers and 23 cloud service providers, but even last year Luzon’s grid was on red alert.

“Almost the entire country will only have one grid, unlike most countries where any particular area may have two or more power supplies. This means that power ratings of three or four are not completely possible in the Philippines,” added Mr. Wan.

As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the rest of the Philippines also has logistical issues with deployment of power solutions and post-sale services. To overcome these challenges, Delta Electronics has service partners that cover the country to deliver services similar to the level in Metro areas.

Another challenge affecting the country is the fact that many small and medium-sized data centers are still on a baseline N deployment with no ability for redundancy. This means a component is not backed up by a duplicate in the event of failure. Medium and larger sized data centers more commonly have N+1 redundancy for UPS deployment.

Mr. Wan said: “A lot of data centers in the Philippines are still using comfort cooling systems like traditional air conditioning instead of precision cooling to maintain the climate inside their data centers.”

The lack of precision cooling in the country may be due to the Philippines typically running at 60Hz frequency, as many compressors and cooling units generally run at 50Hz.

On top of this, the Philippines also has the unique scenario of varying voltages, with 230V, 380V and 460V three-phase voltages depending on the area of the archipelago you live in. Typically, older buildings run at 230V and industrial areas run at 460V, while newer buildings have a 380 voltage.

“This poses a challenge for equipment suppliers, as the majority of demand is in 380V/3ph. Manufacturing in the other voltages are on a per order basis with longer lead times,” said Mr. Wan.

To solve this problem, Delta Electronics adapted to the rest of the market by making use of transformers for three-phase uninterruptible power supply solutions.

Mr. Wan added: “We have many manufacturing plants worldwide and in Southeast Asia, so we can supply our products on time to many markets.”

Delta Electronics has noticed that the Philippines market is adapting to not only reliable, but also efficient power usage.

Mr. Wan celebrated: “The market is understanding now that it is not only important to have continuous power and cooling, but also to do it efficiently by not wasting power.”

Energising Singapore’s land sparse, humid, mature data center market

Singapore is the third most robust data center market in the world and has the most mature market of any country in Southeast Asia, but it is still growing with new constructions from Equinix, Digital Realty, Keppel Data Centres and Facebook as well as cloud providers like AWS, Google, Microsoft and IBM.

Singapore is a great place to set up a data center with low risk of natural disasters, strong network connectivity, a stable political system and a geographically strategic location as a gateway connecting neighbouring Asian countries.

While the high heat and tropical climate in Singapore may seem like paradise for vacationers, it is less than desirable for data centers, as cooling systems have to work harder and consume more power to keep the facility at an optimum temperature.

This is not ideal since data centers already consume an extraordinary amount of power in a time when Singapore is looking to achieve energy efficiency and reduce emissions with carbon taxes and Green Data Centre Standards.

To this end, Delta Electronics endeavors to ‘remain committed to the research and development of innovative, energy-saving products, solutions and services that substantially contribute to the sustainable development of mankind’.

Mr. Wan said: “Our solutions are tailor-fitted to our environment and are designed to resolve our challenges. Our products are driven by global trends, scalability, efficiency and sustainability.”

Delta Electronics, with headquarters based in Taiwan, recently celebrated achieving a TIER III-Ready Award by Uptime Institute for their Point of Delivery data center solution, recognising its energy efficiency and power reliability.

Mr. Wan added: “To amend power quality, the market usually oversizes their equipment or makes use of other power quality equipment to amend these issues like power filters.”

In a land sparse country like Singapore where space is becoming increasingly valuable, Delta Electronic’s POD solution along with their Micro Data Center and Containerized Data Center solutions allow for small, medium and large enterprises to take advantage of efficient and future-proof solutions.

“Delta is unique as it is the only top data center vendor that has its headquarters in Asia. Most vendors are either European or American,” said Mr. Wan.

Delta Electronics also recently helped HTC-ITC, a subsidiary of Hanoi Telecom, to build a TIER III Uptime certified data center in Vietnam.

With the right power solutions, an emerging market could grow into a more mature market and compete at a global scale, ultimately providing societies with greater connectivity and efficiency that can power up local and worldwide digital economies.

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By Stuart Crowley, Editor, W.Media

Yotta to invest $469m in Indian data centers over next two years

Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani Group company, is set to invest US$469m or ₹3,500 crore on three data centers in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai over the next two years.

The facilities are expected to hold 5,000+ racks across five to six buildings, reported The Hindu BusinessLine.

The demand for data centers in India is growing exponentially driven by increased cloud adoption and upcoming Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G and the Internet of Things.

Sunil Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Yotta Infrastructure, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the spurt in the demand for cloud infrastructure. There is not enough supply to meet the demand that we currently see.”

India’s directive for data localisation has also influenced expansion plans by the likes of AWS, Airtel, Oracle, Google and Jio in partnership with Microsoft Azure.

The first of Yotta’s three data centers in Mumbai is ready for its grand opening this month, while work on their Chennai facility will begin in October following a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The data center provider’s Delhi facility will also begin construction in October, and should go live in January 2022.

Building India’s largest data center

Yotta’s first data center, Yotta NM1, is slated to be one of the largest data centers in India. The facility covers 800,000 square feet, filled with 7,200 racks and 50MW of power.

The facility is also one of the largest data centers to receive the highest certification for data center design, Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Certification of Design Documents.

Mr. Gupta was thrilled with the achievement, and said the certification ‘is the equivalent to the Oscar Awards for the data center industry’.

“It was a grueling process that took over ten months to achieve,” said Mr. Gupta.

The certification signifies the data center’s fault-tolerant design where the facility is able to continue running, despite a structural failure in the power and cooling systems or even a fire.

“Full power and cooling should continue to the rack for at least one hour, even while fire may still be on,” said NK Jain, the Chief Technical Advisor at Yotta Infrastructure.

The Yotta NM1 data center, located in Mumbai’s Panvel Datacenter Park, will be supported by two power plants, one solar powered and one gas powered.

“Yotta achieved this milestone by implementing truly unique and innovative design and engineering. This is most impressive,’’ said Martin McCarthy, the Chairman and CEO of Uptime Institute.

Image credit: Yotta

What does the future hold for India’s data center market?

The need for data centers in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels. And this will continue to rise driven by surges in cloud adoption, digital transformation and social media usage.

As a result, the India data center market has a forecasted value of US$3.2 billion by 2024. But how can you tap into this exciting market?

Register for free to explore India’s bright future at our next Market Briefing on Tuesday 18th August.

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres makes history in Thailand with TIA and Uptime certifications

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres has made history by becoming the first data center provider in Thailand to achieve both the TIA-942 Certification Rated-3 and Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The certifications were awarded to STT Bangkok 1, Thailand’s first hyperscale carrier-neutral data center campus.

“Achieving both accreditations is a strategic milestone, as it uplifts Thailand’s data center industry standards by setting a new benchmark for design, build and operations of data centers,” said Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, the CEO of STT GDC Thailand.

The globally recognised certifications ensure the highest security and reliability standards, enabling the facility to operate at the highest availability and minimal risk to operational impact, ensuring uninterrupted operations throughout.

Mr. Ayutthaya said: “We continue to see strong local and regional demand for efficient, flexible and scalable hyperscale data centres, especially with today’s accelerated digital transformation plans across businesses and Thailand 4.0’s vision of a technology-centric economy.”

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres hopes the standards will appeal to international cloud service providers and enterprises requiring high scalability and robust security.

The first phase of the hyperscale data center is expected to be completed in early 2021. The campus will span 30,000 square metres, with a capacity of 20 megawatts.

Following its full completion, the data center in Huamark, one of Bangkok’s key business districts, will have a total gross floor area of 60,000sqm and a total capacity of 40MW.

The facility looks to ride on the growth of Thailand’s digital economy that can be seen with the Government’s digital transformation plans.

Thailand is ranked in first place for the highest use of banking and finance apps and second for e-commerce adoption as well as average daily time spent using the Internet by users aged 16 to 64.

With increasing data demands, technological advancements and Internet adoption, data center providers are increasingly looking to support the rising need for secure and reliable infrastructure in the region.

Announced in 2019, STT Bangkok 1 is a joint venture by Frasers Property (Thailand) Public Company Limited (FPT) and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres. The project is worth more than seven billion baht and is expected to gain one billion baht in revenue within four years, with a 20% data center market share in Thailand.

The TIA-942 certification, issued by the Telecommunications Industry Association, covers the telecommunications infrastructure as well as other aspects of a mission-critical data center, including site location, architectural and physical structure of the facility, electrical and mechanical capabilities, fire safety and physical security.

Uptime Institute’s TIER III certification requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance in a data center. A redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components, so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impact on the IT operation.

Image credit: ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

Which data center is the best for your digital transformation needs?

There is an overwhelming amount of choice when selecting the best data center for your needs. You may be asking questions about location, security, migration capabilities and sustainability.

We will answer all these questions and more at our ‘Data Center Selection & Migration in Asia Pacific’ digital event on Thursday 23 July.

Register for free today to find out how to choose the best data center for your digital transformation needs.

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Keppel and Mitsubishi Heavy to explore hydrogen-powered data center concept in Singapore

Keppel Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are set to explore how hydrogen-powered data centers can accelerate Singapore’s journey towards a more sustainable energy future.

The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding to study how hydrogen-powered tri-generation plant-supported data centers can meet expanding needs of the digital economy.

Mr Wong Wai Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Data Centres, said: “The exploration of hydrogen infrastructure is part of our strategy to work towards decarbonisation.”

Hydrogen as an energy source has the potential to be more environmentally friendly when it is burned because it does not produce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Hydrogen will be a key energy carrier in the global effort towards decarbonisation,” said Mr Yoshiyuki Hanasawa, Executive Vice President and Chief Regional Officer for Asia Pacific and India at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group and Managing Director of MHI-AP.

A tri-generation plant works by producing heat, power and cooling, supporting data centers to access the electricity as well as the chilled water produced by the plant to cool the facility. By tapping on the electricity provided by the plant, a data center relies less on the national grid.

Keppel Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy will look to produce hydrogen fuel for the plant through a steam methane reforming process that is carbon neutral by incorporating carbon capture and storage capabilities.

“With Singapore set to become a global data centre hub, we look forward to partnering with Keppel Data Centres to support Singapore in creating a sustainable energy future,” said Mr Hanasawa.

One of the projects that might benefit from the hydrogen-powered tri-generation plant concept is the Floating Data Centre Park project in Singapore that Keppel Data Centres is currently pursuing (pictured above).

Keppel Data Centres partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy is well timed, as Singapore is aiming to improve its environmental impact by introducing Green Data Centre Standards, a carbon tax at a rate of $5 for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions, and a committal to ensure at least 80% of its buildings will be green by 2030.

As Singapore looks to continue in its digitalisation efforts and boost the digital economy, sustainable data center infrastructures will be essential in empowering this.