Installing a 2.25 Megawatt Diesel Generator

How do you get a 38,000 pound generator into a sub-basement beneath the streets of a major city? Minnesota hosting provider VISI has posted video of the June 21 installation of a new Caterpillar 2.25MW diesel generator for its St. Paul data center. The process involved closing the streets, lifting out a chunk of the roadway to expose the basement, and using a 175-ton crane to lift the equipment into the opening. Watch the video below, and then check out Gary Elfert’s entry at the VISI blog for additional details.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.