The data center energy problem is escalating as the industry deals with increasing power densities, but new opportunities exist for both the super-size core facilities being built by colocation and cloud services providers at campus scale and the more distributed edge data centers, to contribute to a brighter future.

Our feature panel debate at DCD>London on the 6th November at Old Billingsgate in Central London brings together a wealth of new ideas on how the world of energy networks and the digital infrastructure sector can collaborate to drive more win/win scenarios.

The panel will be led by BaseLayer’s head of innovation and sustainability, Susanna Kass who will be joined by Erik Rylander, CEO of Stockholm’s Exergi, Giordano Albertazzi, Vertiv’s President, EMEA and Peter Gross, industry visionary and vice president of mission critical systems at Bloom Energy, leaders in fuel cell energy.

"Today's data center operates under the assumption that bigger is better as it leverages economy of scale. Unfortunately, this status quo creates inflexible systems that have an adverse impact on our natural environment and on the electricity grid, that are not congruent with the data center load demand. New sustainable urban systems need to co-exist with the data center," says Susanna Kass.

Technology bridging the gap

This industry flagship event will include thought leadership on everything from onsite power generation to new locally focused demand response strategies and intense debate on the future of efficient UPS, air versus water cooling technologies and where to get the maximum ROI from operational efficiencies.

“Energy grids are undergoing dramatic change. That transformation presents risks but also opportunities for critical infrastructure operators such as datacenters to shift from being energy consumers to prosumers,’ said Emiliano Cevenini, VP Commercial & Industrial EMEA for Vertiv, principal sponsors of this year’s conference. ‘Vertiv is developing new UPS systems and services that seamlessly provide back-up and optimal efficiency but are also capable of demand management, energy arbitrage and grid services. We’re looking forward to sharing these innovations at DCD London.’