The challenge for data centers today is to deliver electricity in a reliable and environmentally sound way. Helping to meet these needs, INNIO Jenbacher has announced the launch of its new Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generator for data centers.
The Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generators would not only deliver significant advantages for data center backup operations. They would also provide benefits when running parallel to the grid and in island mode.
Compared to standby diesel-fueled generators, these would offer emissions reductions of up to 90% for nitrous oxide (NOx) and up to 25% for carbon dioxide (CO2), giving users the flexibility of longer run times. Together with the generator’s “fast” transient response, users would be able to monetize what otherwise would be stranded assets.
“Along with the surge in data center electricity demand, the share of renewable energy is also increasing,” said Carlos Lange, President and CEO of INNIO. “Fast-start resources like our new Jenbacher J620 solution can balance and accommodate the instability of the electric grid and give data center operators the opportunity to better monetize assets.”
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The Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generator would provide full load under 45 seconds, along with the additional benefits that come with the ability to run on a variety of operating modes. To sum up, key benefits of this Jenbacher J620 solution would include:
- Reliability – With most of the infrastructure being below ground, the natural gas grid is inherently more reliable than the electric grid for fuel supply to the J620 fast start generator, according to INNIO.
- Emissions – As compared to standby diesel-fueled generators, the J620 fast-start natural gas generator would provide a reduction of up to 90% for NOx and 25% for CO2. This would make the solution environmentally friendly and economic. With selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technologies, NOx – which is frequently the limiting factor for permitting large-scale data centers – can be further reduced. As net global growth in data center electricity continues, these significant emissions reductions provided by natural gas generation might provide increasing value for data center operators.
- Monetization – Lower emissions can provide greater run times, allowing natural gas generators to become assets. As the electric grid decarbonizes with increasing renewables, there would be greater need for fast-start resources to provide balancing and ancillary service solutions. The Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generator can engage in demand response, curtailable tariffs and/or emergency stand by participation, and avoid coincident peak charges.
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As a solutions provider of gas engines and power equipment, INNIO has a product portfolio that includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha product brands. Their diverse portfolio of sustainable industrial gas engines generates 200 kW to 10 MW of power for numerous industries globally. Backed by its service network in more than 100 countries, INNIO would connect with its clients locally for rapid response to their service needs. Headquartered in Jenbach, Austria, INNIO also has primary operations in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and Waukesha, Wisconsin, US.