Aligned Energy Touts Green Power Generation For Data Centers

November 2, 2016

Aligned Energy touted a breakthrough in green energy power generation for data centers by introducing a new revolutionary method to produce clean electricity using waste heat.

More than 50% of the world’s energy is exhausted to the environment as low-grade heat, effectively making waste heat a largely available but unused resource.

As a result of a four-year collaboration with Swedish-based Climeon, Aligned Energy has developed a fully-integrated green platform that can power their next-generation, ultra-efficient data centers in the U.S. and globally with 100% clean electricity.

“We have entered a new era of innovation in how we power and cool data centers, one of the fastest-growing users of energy and water in today’s digital economy,” said Jakob Carnemark, founder and CEO of Aligned Energy. “In most cases if you want to use clean electricity, converting solar and wind power are the typical methods; however, the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. By cultivating this largely untapped resource in waste heat and converting it to 100% stable green baseload power, and by being able to use low temperature geothermal sources, we can support the data center industry’s rising demand for green energy in ways not previously possible through this new, highly sustainable and reliable approach.”

The new system will leverage Aligned Energy’s award-winning heat removal cycle as well as deploy Climeon’s groundbreaking Heat Power technology, which performs at twice the efficiency as the best organic Rankine cycles and operates with significantly lower temperature heat sources.

“To meet the challenges of climate change, the world needs new clean energy sources,” said Thomas Öström, CEO of Climeon. “The Climeon system is just that, producing 100% clean energy and a new baseload for electricity.”

Aligned Energy has been using its world-class talent and resources to develop innovative first-of-its-kind solutions to better build and operate data centers for large enterprises and cloud providers in a much more efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

Earlier this year, Aligned Energy was recognized with a 2016 Edison Award for pushing the envelope in technological energy advancements through its highly-optimized data center heat removal cycle (or Cactus Cooler™ system) that allows their data centers to cool themselves using up to 85% less water and 80% less energy while also guaranteeing an industry-low average of 1.15 PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness).

Last fall, Aligned Energy opened the industry’s first “pay-for-use” ultra-efficient, next-generation data center in Plano, Texas just outside Dallas, a 30-megawatt (MW) complex that offers consumption-based utility pricing for on-demand data center capacity for large cloud and enterprise clients requiring greater control of their data center cost and faster time-to-market.

With their second “pay-for-use” data center in Phoenix, a 550,000SF, 62MW campus, scheduled to come online in early 2017, Aligned Energy has charted a course to reach the 100% green carbon neutral data center by tackling the industry’s well-documented power, cooling and water consumption issues while dramatically lowering operating costs.

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