Finnish-French partnership eyes datacentre power business

January 24, 2018

Finland’s Wärtsilä group has formed a partnership with French energy management company Schneider Electric to jointly develop hyper-scale datacentre projects with “at least a 10MW electrical load”.


Under the terms of a cooperation agreement, the companies said they would focus on developing gas generator-based backup power systems with “a fast start-up time of only 40 seconds”.


Wärtsilä will focus on providing the power generation plant while Schneider will handle “energy distribution optimisation”, the companies said.


Wärtsilä’ said its medium speed internal combustion engines “offer highly efficient, sustainable and cost-effective power compared to traditional backup diesel generators”. In addition, redundant engine capacity can be used to sell electricity to the grid— “opening a new business model for datacentre operators”.


“Thanks to the efficiency of the gas engines, they can provide power to the datacentre at a lower price than grid electricity,” Wärtsilä said.


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