Intelligent Data Centres Issue 42 | Page 9

Kohler HVO fuel capabilities provide data centre customers with a pathway to zero carbon

NEWS ohler Power Systems , part of Kohler Co ., has announced that

K its entire offering of missioncritical diesel generators is compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil ( HVO ), marking a significant breakthrough in the usage of alternative fuels in backup power . No adaptations to the installed generators are required , allowing for the immediate rollout of renewable fuel to customers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint .

“ At Kohler , we have already made great strides in making our generators inherently more efficient , reducing emissions regardless of the fuel used ,” said James Zhang , President , Kohler Power Systems . “ Now with HVO , we have taken a massive leap forward in our sustainability journey by greatly reducing the carbon footprint of our diesel products .” of first-generation biodiesels . While firstgeneration solutions had a limited storage life of just six months , HVO is highly stable , with no sensitivity to oxidation ,
so it can be stored long-term . It is also 90 % carbon neutral and sourced entirely from waste products – making it part of a circular economy .
This next-generation renewable fuel has all the advantages of a sustainable fuel source , with none of the disadvantages

Vantage Data Centers enters Power Purchase Agreement with SolarAfrica

antage Data Centers , a leading global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses , has announced it

V has entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement ( PPA ) with SolarAfrica , a pioneer in South Africa ’ s solar energy financing . This agreement will enable Vantage to supplement the local grid that powers the company ’ s Johannesburg ( JNB1 ) data centre campus with renewable energy . Additionally , this investment will further drive the creation of renewable energy in the region by supporting the expansion of SolarAfrica ’ s De Aar solar project .

The Northern Cape of South Africa is considered one of the most abundant solar sites in the world . Within SolarAfrica ’ s larger solar farm , Vantage ’ s investment will support the production of 87MWp of renewable energy and is forecasted to reduce the emission of CO 2 in the region by an additional 3.8 million tons over the lifetime of the agreement . At its completion , Vantage ’ s Johannesburg data centre campus will have 80MW of IT capacity , of which up to 33 % is expected to be supported by the solar farm . The state-of-the-art campus is located in the thriving business and data centre ecosystem of Waterfall City and is situated on 30 acres ( 12 hectares ). It will also feature three facilities across 650,000 square feet ( 60,000 square meters ) once fully developed .
“ Vantage ’ s investment in SolarAfrica ’ s De Aar project reaffirms our continued commitment to sustainability and our drive to reach net zero by 2030 ,” said Justin Jenkins , Chief Operating Officer of EMEA and President of the UK , Vantage Data Centers . “ Not only will energy from this investment be used to power our Johannesburg campus , but it will also serve as another example of using solar-driven energy across the data centre industry . In the near term , solar energy faces increasing demand , driving prices higher across South Africa . This investment , however , will ensure a stable price for our customers .” www . intelligentdatacentres . com