Indonesia to get its first green data centre campus by 1Q20
By Digital News Asia September 18, 2019
- SpaceDC will use natural gas to produce electricity to power the data centre
- Full backup of the power and cooling is provided by diesel generators and electric chillers
BY 1Q20, Jakarta will have its first green data centre campus. SpaceDC, the company behind the initiative, will use natural gas to produce electricity to power the data centre.
It will also recycle waste heat from the gas generators to provide cooling through absorption chillers, a unique energy saving feature for a Southeast Asian data centre. The 1.8-hectare campus in Jakarta Barat will house two data centres, the first being JAK2, a 2.6MW Tier III facility.
“Lowering the environmental impact of data centres is at the heart of SpaceDC’s company philosophy. When selecting a site, we always look for innovative ways to use local natural resources to create green energy and reduce our carbon footprint,” says SpaceDC chief executive officer Darren Hawkins (pic).
Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is the industry metric used to measure the energy efficiency of a data centre. The higher the PUE, the more it costs customers to operate their business.
“Our 26.6MW Indonesian campus will be powered by natural gas, which will both reduce the environmental impact and increase the overall fault tolerance of the site.”
Jakarta typically experiences unreliable electricity supply as country wide, there is insufficient electrical generation capacity. To address this, the SpaceDC team, who have over 60 years of combined industry experience, designed the site to run on natural gas.
“Creating a stable power supply to ensure service continuity was a major consideration for SpaceDC when building a data facility in Indonesia,” says Hawkins.
“There are two natural gas pipelines running alongside the site, which means that if there’s a fault in the supply from one, we can divert to the other.”
In tandem with the focus on a green facility, it is still critical that continuous power and cooling is maintained. In the event of a problem with the natural gas supply or gas generators, full backup of the power and cooling is provided by diesel generators and electric chillers. This makes the site more resilient than a typical data centre that is powered from the electrical grid.
A visionary data centre partner, SpaceDC seeks to deliver efficient, resilient and network rich data centre solutions to help businesses unlock growth opportunities across Southeast Asia’s fast-moving digital markets.