Multigrid Reveals the Three Pillars of Its Green Computing Strategy

[San Diego 22 February 2017]

Multigrid presented the main features of its green computing strategy at the Green Data Center Conference in San Diego on Wednesday.

At a meeting that gathered the world’s leading experts on sustainable computing in Southern California, Multigrid’s chief operating officer and executive vice president Gustav Bergquist gave a keynote address titled “Strategies for Hyperscale Data Centers to Approach Net Zero”. Mr Bergquist stressed that while hyperscale data centers are highly efficient, solving the issue related to renewable energy and heat recycling is non-trivial. He stressed that a successful strategy requires a coherent approach to location, design, sourcing and operations.

Location determines what can be achieved in terms of green computing. In Stockholm, we can build Hyperscale data centers with unprecedented environmental and financial performance thanks to developed markets for renewable energy and multiple strong networks for distribution of electricity and district energy, said Bergquist.

Mr Bergquist outlined the main features of Multigrid’s green computing strategy, which lays on three pillars: being connected to multiple energy networks, building geo-diverse infrastructure for hyperscale computing and using excess capacity to foster and stabilize renewable energy markets.

First, while making the data center independent of external energy supply has been a guiding principle for the data center industry in the past, being connected to energy networks is the financially and environmentally motivated choice for the future, said Bergquist. The electricity grid in the Nordics is strong and supports supply of a combination of hydro and wind power, and competition has proven to be in the electricity consumers interest, he pointed out. In addition, heat recovery from Hyperscale data centers require a district energy network as a heat sink to be technically feasible, continued Bergquist.

Second, building a geo-diverse infrastructure for hyperscale computing that meets the needs of cloud companies can improve productivity multifold, said Bergquist. Cloud computing results in more compute for any given input of energy, which improves energy efficiency, but global cloud companies also add the important advantage of being more responsive to moving loads to markets that are most conducive to renewables. Multigrid’s strategy is to optimize infrastructure to achieve scale economies and efficiencies that saves resources and money, Bergquist emphasized.

Third, data center infrastructure has the potential to mitigate some of the problems in markets with a significant share of renewables and intermittent energy sources. Energy storage, both for electricity and heating, improves the reliability of the data center energy supply system, Bergquist observed. The same resources have the potential to facilitate the matching of energy supply and demand; for instance, our thermal storage will be able to move excess heat from periods with low demand to periods with higher demand and our battery bank will allow us to deliver grid services to the utility, with mutual benefits to both parties, finished Bergquist.

Note:The Green Data Center Conference is held February 21-23, 2017 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in San Diego, California, USA.

Media inquiries:Please contact Mr Christian Lewenhaupt: +46‑708‑344‑371 or email lewenhaupt@multigrid.net

About Multigrid:  Multigrid Data Centers is a privately-owned company that started its operation 2016 with the objective to build Hyperscale data centers in Stockholm. The people behind the company has many years of experience from both renewable energy and data centers.