Data Centers Are Dependent on Diesel-fired Backup to Remain Operational When The Grid Goes Down

Posted by Rypos on Oct 6, 2021 2:34:00 PM

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Demand for data centers increases as modern living becomes more digitized, using incredible amounts of energy. Supplying uninterrupted power to data centers 100% of the time is critical. Data centers must reduce their climate footprint if we are to mitigate climate change. Truthfully, with data centers, critical power is fueled by diesel generators, and reaching 100% renewable energy isn’t possible. 

Diesel generators are reliable during power outages, storms, and blackouts, and important to have to keep data centers operating in unforeseen circumstances. But combined with the increase in cloud services and the need for more data centers, diesel generators increase the carbon footprint and contribute to local and broader air pollution. Even switching to biodiesel blends still doesn’t make a difference, because there is still the production of local pollution and carbon emissions. 

The solution to making data centers more eco-friendly lies in cleaning up the emissions put off by diesel gas in these generators. The Rypos ADPF filter does just that; it uses segmented filters that are electrically regenerated or cleaned by heating to incinerate the trapped emissions and toxic particles released. In addition, the filter can reduce total particulate matter by 95%, reduces hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide & NO2, and is energy efficient with a less than 1% fuel penalty. The ADPF filter is also verified as a Level 3 Plus diesel emission control device for stationary emergency standby generators. Using filters to clean up diesel generator emissions is a major step that companies can take to become more environmentally conscious without sacrificing efficiency or altering their operations too much. 

The gas backup generators also provide dependable power using stoichiometric reciprocating gas engines with 10 seconds of startup time and a frequency response equivalent to diesel generators. All of this is possible with purpose-built technology, helping data centers deliver essential services. The testing functions, emergency operations, and ongoing stability are also fueled by renewable biogas also establishing a carbon-neutral footprint. 

While data centers might not be able to be completely carbon neutral, certain elements of their structure and operations can have renewable substitutes to contribute to an overall better environmental impact. 

Tags: Diesel Particulate Filter, Power Generation, Emissions, Data Center, Diesel