The project supplies substantially all of the cooling and the majority of the electricity to the datacentre. The project is designed to be reliable and can be available up to 24 hours a day. The energy is generated by using a highly efficiency combined heat and power system, driven by two 1.4MW reciprocating engines and connected to the natural gas grid. The project is also integrated into the datacentre’s emergency backup systems and runs in parallel to the electrical grid to ensure continuous energy supply to the datacentre during maintenance periods.
The project was designed, contracted and project managed by SDCL and delivered in partnership with Clarke Energy and Jenbacher, the technology supplier. The project removed the cost and risk of the project for the client, which pays a service charge once the project is commissioned and operational. The project is now owned by SEEIT, which receives a regular service charge based on the availability of the energy centre for use. The key performance indicators for the project are contracted with both the client and our suppliers.
The project delivers carbon emission reductions versus the electrical grid by operating at very high levels of combined electrical and thermal efficiency.
The project delivers substantial cost savings versus the electrical grid.
Datacentres are one of the largest, most consistent and fastest growing energy users and this project demonstrates how energy efficiency can deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable infrastructure solutions to a key sector of the modern economy.
- 35.8 GWh of clean energy generated
- 1,874 UK households could be powered by the clean energy generated
- 13 jobs supported in the operation and maintenance of the energy centre
- 10% energy use reduction, associated with significant savings
- Zero reportable H&S incidents