Using Microturbines to Power A Data Center
August 15th, 2011 By: Rich Miller
A small but growing number of data center facilities are turning to gas-powered microturbines for on-site power generation, which in some cases can power and cool an entire facility. The turbines generate electricity, while the hot exhaust from the turbines is piped to heat exchangers and chillers, where it is used to generate cooling for the servers and both heat and cooling for adjacent offices. This video from BHP Energy provides an animated overview of how microturbines can be used to support a data center, and how this approach differs from traditional data center power and cooling configurations. This video runs about 4 minutes, 30 seconds.