The growing demand for energy, as well as the need to drastically reduce polluting emissions, exacerbate the market’s challenges, and digitalization puts global electricity availability under pressure.
“We are talking about two big challenges. On the one hand, there is the growing need for electricity and on the other hand, this ‘net zero carbon’ objective only accentuates the challenges we have for the years to come. Another need, that of digitalization, of computing power, means that we need power backup, to have available power. On the other hand, we have to cope with the limitations of renewable energy, both wind and solar, due to their intermittent nature”, explained Gabriel Tache, Country Sales Manager at Eaton Romania, at the conference “More renewables for Romania”, organized by Energynomics.
Another challenge lies in the state of networks, which are increasingly sensitive to voltage drops. In the United States alone, the number of voltage sags has increased by 70%, making the need for power backup or storage capacity estimated at 900 GW.
For its part, Romania is not immune to these challenges.
Tache noted that using UPS on the network can be an answer to these challenges. Data centers can become a kind of battery for networks and could keep the network frequency constant in certain situations. “When we have energy produced by photovoltaics, we can direct it to these UPSs, and those interested can sell this energy with significant amounts for balancing. (…) Digitalization of Romania is a project that cannot be done without data centers, and they can implement such storage systems. Consumption of servers increased from 300 to 600 watts per unit. You can imagine what energy there is in a data center, and this can be used as a power reserve!” added Gabriel Tache.
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Eaton company has more than 85,000 employees and is present in more than 175 countries. Globally, the company’s business amounts to 20 billion dollars.
The conference “More renewables for Romania” was organized by Energynomics with the support of our partners among which ABB, ACE Industrial Software, BCR, Consolight, Eaton Electric, Elektra Renewable Support, EnergoPower, European Energy, Finder, Geminox, Huawei, ING Bank, LAPP Romania, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Phoenix Contact, Photomate, Prime Batteries Technology, REI Grup, Renomia-Gallagher, Valmont, Volt, Wiren România, Wise Finance Solutions.