May 17, 2020

Facebook Chooses Global Power Supply for Data Center

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Global Power Supply—provider of power equipment ad services—teams with Facebook for a new energy efficient data center
Facebook has been receiving pressure from environmental advocates to green its business. Greenpeace even went so far as to hold a massive campaign to...

 

Facebook has been receiving pressure from environmental advocates to green its business.  Greenpeace even went so far as to hold a massive campaign to encourage Facebook to move away from coal power in favor of renewable energy to run its datacenters.  Perhaps Facebook got the message, because the social network giant has teamed with Global Power Supply to provide energy efficient solutions to green Facebook’s newest data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Global Power Supply is a leading international service provider of critical power equipment and fully integrated power services for emergency backup and primary power applications.  The company was selected to provide the custom designed power system and backup generators required by Facebook’s engineering team.  Global Power Supply’s diverse range of products and customized service offerings are what attracted Facebook according to CEO Ron Zamir, who says, "Global Power Supply has a unique vendor neutral approach that allows us to provide highly customized critical power solutions.

"Global Power Supply takes a 'Value Engineering' approach to the design and implementation of their custom generator power systems in order to minimize costs and maximize reliability."

 

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The Prineville data center is being developed to meet the system requirements of Facebook’s ever-expanding network of users.  Construction of the data center began in early 2010, and will be completed within five years, following an extensive build out and testing process.  Director of Data Center Design and Construction at Facebook, Jay Park, says, "Global Power Supply has been a valuable member of our data center deployment team, their expertise in standby power applications as well as their competent and responsive project management approach has allowed us to meet our project goals."

Facebook is looking to share its energy efficient data center technology with others in the industry.  Tom Furlong, Director of Operations at Facebook, says, "Inspired by the model of open source software, we want to share the innovations in our data center for the entire industry to improve upon."

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Jul 30, 2021

Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector

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The UK’s nascent marine energy sector starts exporting electricity to the grid as the most powerful tidal turbine in the world begins to generate power

Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre

At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable. 

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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.” 

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement. 

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government. 

“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.

“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”

However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future. 

We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.” 

The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours

This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly

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