Efficient solar PV integration to data centers in a Nordic climate

Johannes Hyvonen*, Sanna Syri

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The demand for data services, predominantly provided by data centers, has grown rapidly in the last decade as global internet traffic has increased. To provide data services, data centers consume vast amounts of electricity, making them a significant prospect to reduce carbon emissions in the power sector. Thus, efforts to de-carbonize and integrate renewables into the energy supply of data centers will be essential to curb carbon emissions of these facilities in the future. For this purpose, both utilization of waste heat and wide-scale implementation of local renewable energy sources in data centers are needed. In this paper, we show how a solar PV system could be integrated into a forthcoming data center in Finland, with options for battery storage and prosumer grid utilization. We also evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this approach in a Nordic climate with various levels of self-production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th International Conference on the European Energy Market, EEM 2022
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0896-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on the European Energy Market - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 13 Sept 202215 Sept 2022
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
Volume2022-September
ISSN (Print)2165-4077
ISSN (Electronic)2165-4093

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on the European Energy Market
Abbreviated titleeem
Country/TerritorySlovenia
CityLjubljana
Period13/09/202215/09/2022

Keywords

  • battery storage
  • de-carbonization
  • economic profitability
  • electricity market
  • renewable energy

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