Data center operator Compute North has announced that work on its 300MW data center close to the Wolf Hollow power plant in Granbury, Texas, has begun. The blockchain, colocation, cloud and HPC data center firm’s modular data center infrastructure will be scalable up to 600MW and co-located directly at the source, allowing the Energy Reliability Council of Texas to benefit from grid-balancing services (ERCOT).
Compute North’s ‘Tier 0’ data center curtailment option would allow the data center to respond fast during peak demand periods when the grid is stressed. These demand response capabilities would enable the company to quickly reduce its energy use, lowering the danger of brownouts and blackouts for customers and ensuring that electricity is accessible for mission-critical clients like hospitals.
“Compute North is excited to see construction moving forward on our latest facility,” said Dave Perrill, CEO and Co-Founder of Compute North. “We are developing the next generation of data centers meeting the unprecedented needs of next-generation technology at a time when the demand for energy efficiency and stabilizing the energy grid has never been higher. We are committed to continued innovation to support timely demand response solutions, and we work closely with our energy partners to support local energy dynamics.”
Compute North’s ‘TIER 0’ data center in Wolf Hollow would be one of the cleanest combined cycle natural gas-fueled facilities in the United States, emitting less carbon than a data center of equivalent scale that is directly grid-connected, stated Compute North. Through a novel behind-the-meter technique, Compute North’s modular containers will be co-located at the Wolf Hollow factory, delivering the load directly to the source. The link will offer ERCOT with a predictable yet interruptible load profile for curtailment services without raising power prices for Texas residents.
This announcement follows the company’s close of $385 million in strategic funding to expand its ‘TIER 0’ computing infrastructure to data centers sites across the US.