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The Gigawatt Data Center Campus is Coming

By District Energy posted 05-02-2024 09:21


Data Center Frontier


The Internet is entering an era of gigawatt-scale data center campuses to power artificial intelligence (AI), according to developers and industry groups, who say this approach provides the best opportunity to support AI workloads with renewable energy.

Hyperscale tech companies are already seeking sites for campuses that can support a gigawatt of electric power capacity, equal to 1,000 megawatts or 1 billion watts, according to speakers at last week’s Data Center World conference.

These could include energy storage, hydrogen fuel cellsmicrogrids, enhanced geothermal energy, renewable generator fuel like hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to replace diesel, and eventually small modular reactors and fusion.

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