CHP systems offer an important energy efficiency opportunity for data centers. However, policy and technology barriers have limited CHP deployment, leaving data centers to rely primarily on grid-supplied based electricity for their energy needs and diesel reciprocating engine generators for backup power.

The following excerpt is from an article titled, “CHP in Data Centers: Barriers and Opportunities,” that appeared January 7, 2013 on The Alliance to Save Energy website.

Data centers interested in implementing CHP systems have faced a variety of challenges to deployment. These challenges are similar to those faced by other institutions interested in implementing CHP or distributed generation technologies. “Utilities can often contribute to a project being easy, difficult, or impossible to implement,” according to Sam Brewer at GEM Energy, a firm that has implemented two micro turbine CHP projects at college data centers.

Read the full article on the ASE website.

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