Does Energy Storage Reduce Data Center Generator Requirements?

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Sponsored by Kohler
Presented by Julius Neudorfer

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the categories and different technologies of energy storage systems.
  2. Describe the key components and characteristics of various types of energy storage systems.
  3. Explain how characteristics of energy storage systems can enhance or impact the availability of a data center during a utility outage.
  4. Examine how the history and duration of utility outages in a specific location can help evaluate the potential effectiveness of incorporating energy storage systems for data center power backup applications.


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There have been a lot of developments in energy storage technology over the last several years. This has been primarily driven by the general trend and expanded use of sustainable but intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar. Some data center designers and operators are examining how energy storage technology could also be utilized to reduce generator requirements.

However, for data center applications there are a number of issues to be considered, since continuous and reliable backup power is equally and, in some ways, perhaps even more important than primary utility service.

In this part of our series of webinars, we will examine considerations utilizing energy storage systems when specifying and selecting power systems for data centers.

Energy Storage


Julius Neudorfer is the CTO and founder of North American Access Technologies Inc. (NAAT), based in Westchester, New York. NAAT’s clients include Fortune 500 firms and government agencies. NAAT has been designing and implementing data center infrastructure and related technology projects for the last 25 years. Neudorfer is a member of AFCOM, ASHRAE, IEEE, iMasons, and The Green Grid. He is also an instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy “Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP)” program. He developed and holds a U.S. patent for a high-efficiency cooling system for rack-mounted computer equipment. He writes the “Hot Aisle Insight” column for Mission Critical magazine, he has written numerous articles and whitepapers for various IT and data center publications, and he has presented several industry seminars and webinars.


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