Capstone Turbine Corp., a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has received an order for a C600 Signature Series (C600S) microturbine system to be installed in a critical power application for a Russian data center. The order, secured by BMTec, is expected to be commissioned in October 2021.
The project will be split into two phases. The system is scheduled to first provide electricity, with a plan to later update it to provide combined heating and cooling capabilities in a second stage. Once complete, the C600S package is expected to provide the data center with electricity, hot water, and chilled water 24/7/365.
The 600-kW microturbine will be installed in dual mode configuration, which means the system can run in parallel with or independent of the electric utility grid. This is intended to ensure the data center has secure and reliable power, even in the event of a grid outage, with no operational downtime.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), demand for data center services will continue to grow, driven by media streaming and emerging technologies such as AI, virtual reality, 5G, and blockchain. As efficiency trends of current technologies slow in coming years, new, more efficient technologies will be needed to keep pace with growing energy demand.