Japan’s government has issued a power supply warning in the aftermath of the March 16 earthquake.
Officials said that there is tightness in the grid following the earthquake off the northeast coast on Wednesday that left thousands of homes without power. Power has largely been restored since.
However, with temperatures expected to drop on Tuesday, the grid has come under strain, officials from the trade ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) told a briefing.
Usage is expected to exceed the 97 per cent of available power that triggers the warning, which is being issued for the first time, they said, according to a report by Channel News Asia. Officials called on households and companies to conserve energy on Tuesday, adding that there could be a possibility of black-outs if there was too much strain on the grid.
Impact on Data Centres
Japan is also home to some of the largest data centres in the world. Japan’s data centre market is growing annually at a rate of 16 percent on a yearly basis. The power supply warning also assumes new meaning especially in the light of increased tech adoption.
Technologies such as data analytics and the Internet of Things have translated to a surge in demand for secure, reliable and efficient digital infrastructure solutions to support digital consumption across work, life and entertainment. Recently, GLP, a leading global investment manager and business builder in logistics, data infrastructure and renewable energy announced a substantial plan to enter the Japan data centre market.
Also, in November, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform have been chosen by Japan’s Digital Agency as the first service providers for its nationwide cloud computing project. Read more: https://w.media/aws-google-to-roll-out-government-cloud-computing-projects-in-japan/
Japan’s data centre market is expected to reach $USD 10 billion by 2026, growing a CAGR of 7% during 2021-2026.