Could hyperscale data centres be the key to achieving round-the-clock clean power in Asia?

(Eco Business, 20 Feb 2024) While there is potential for clean energy to one day power Asia Pacific, high costs and the intermittent nature of renewables stand as barriers in the way. Businesses, especially in the tech sector, must channel efforts towards solutions that provide round-the-clock clean energy.

The potential to tap clean energy every hour of the day could enable Asia Pacific (APAC) countries to achieve their net zero carbon ambitions.

While renewable energy solutions have been increasing across the region, resources have mainly gone towards wind and solar energy, which rely on ideal weather conditions. Solutions that can provide clean energy around the clock or balance out fluctuations, known as “firming” technologies, have yet to be fully harnessed. 

One issue, according to a new report, is cost. Narrowing the cost gap of achieving “24/7 clean energy” – defined by the United Nations as meeting every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumption with carbon-free energy sources at every hour of the day – is highlighted in the latest report by AirTrunk, a technology company specialising in data centres.

The “Powering a Clean Energy Future” report looks at existing gaps in four APAC markets that prevent matching electricity demand with clean sources in a cost-optimal way. The paper outlines the need to achieve 24/7 clean energy and identifies the opportunities to bring down the cost of doing so for each market, with the actions required.

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Eco Business, 20 Feb 2024: Could hyperscale data centres be the key to achieving round-the-clock clean power in Asia?