Apr 23, 2021

QTS reveals four data centres powered by renewable energy

RenewableEnergy
Sustainability
Sam Steers
2 min
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The four new QTS data centres will join ones in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey and the Netherlands...

Quality Technology Services (QTS) announced yesterday it has acquired four additional data centres which will be powered by renewable energy.

The centres are called QTS Hillsboro, QTS Fort Worth, QTS Eemshaven, and QTS Richmond. 

QTS Richmond is the largest site to procure renewable energy, with the company signing a multi-year contract to purchase renewable energy certificates in partnership with Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC. 

Certificates purchased for QTS HIllsboro are said to match the electricity demands of the facility, whilst those bought for Fort Worth are expected to equal 100 per cent of its projected power consumption.

Attained from Dutch wind and Nordic Hydro sources, QTS Eemshaven has environmental attributes which aim to provide over 20 gigawatt hours of energy. 

They also make up 100 per cent of the centre’s expected electrical load, the company claims. 

The four new acquisitions will join its existing centres in Chicago, Illinois, Irving Texas, Piscataway, New Jersey, and Groningen in the Netherlands. 

Talking about the announcement, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability at QTS, Travis Wright, said it was “a significant step towards our goal of procuring 100% of our power from renewable energy sources by 2025.”

“Renewable energy is a cornerstone of our ESG program that documents our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint through advanced development and procurement initiatives,” he added. 

QTS is also one of the biggest users of green power compared to other data centre companies, and is the 12th largest user of the source among Top Tech and Telecom Companies. 

This is according to a survey conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  

According to QTS, around 36 per cent of its data centre power needs come from renewable energy sources, with an aim to grow that number by the end of this year. 

The company has also released a report in line with its committed approach to sustainability which outlines its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives each year.   

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

BDx
datacentres
COVID-19
Infrastructure
2 min
Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.

 

 

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