How the Power Monitoring system works
The Siemens software and hardware monitors the amount of biogas being sent to the fuel cell, the conversion to usable energy, and the fuel cell output to ensure that enough electricity is created throughout this process to reliably power Microsoft’s data center. The technology also includes predictive demand alert capability so the data center operators are made immediately aware of any power quality or energy demand issues.
The Microsoft data center will operate completely off the grid and, based on measurements from Siemens power monitoring system, is expected to produce 250 kilowatts of renewable power and use approximately 100 kilowatts. The additional power will be sent back to the waste water treatment facility to reduce its electric bills.
As part of the integrated solution, Siemens also provided environmental controls for this project inside the data center to manage air temperature, flow, and humidity. Siemens also provided circuit breakers that deliver energy to the servers and protect power supply in cases of low or high energy levels within the container.
Please read an executive blog post by the head of the Siemens Energy Management Division about the project here.
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