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Powering resilient data centres with on-site generation

How data centres are increasing resilience and reducing energy costs by generating their own power.

Providing a reliable power supply when needed is the primary reason why more and more data centres are installing on-site generation. This is resolving the growing threat of grid-constraints and supply disruption to provide energy resilience for assured business continuity.

While a reliable and secure power supply is paramount, data centre managers recognise that by generating their own electricity they can also control and manage their power requirement, while reducing rising energy costs.

The need to stabilise and reduce energy costs is growing –  driven by twin pressures on power prices. This is caused by extreme volatility in the wholesale energy markets, combined with sharp increases in non-commodity costs, which now account for nearly 60% of a power bill.

Uninterrupted high efficiency power

Centrica Business Solution is a global leader in supplying reliable, advanced energy solutions to organisations globally.

  • One in four of the FTSE 100 businesses use our end-to-end distributed energy services and technologies.
  • We power the ambitions of 2,000 companies across Europe, the Middle East and North America – from retail and manufacturing to health and data centres.
  • We manage more than 600GW of on-site power.
  • Thousands of mission critical businesses across the world rely on Centrica Business Solutions for their uninterrupted power supply

We design and manage advanced energy solutions that enable data centres to scale-up rapidly in a cost competitive way. Our in-house design, manufacturing, and assembly capabilities mean that we can commit to tight build programmes and ensure that full engineering and maintenance support is available throughout the project lifetime.

The radical shift from traditional centralised energy generation to reliable localised distributed energy creates new opportunities for data centres to reinforce energy resilience by generating and managing their own high efficiency power supply.

Energy resilience is a rising concern for organisations across the globe. 

Read our new report, 'Future-Proofing Your Company's Energy Needs', to find out why, and the steps you can take to mitigate the risk of energy supply interruption.


Modular microgrids

Data centre power demand is expected to increase by more than 300% in the next 5 years and extra grid capacity isn't always quickly available. Our modular on-site generation technologies are designed to grow with business demand – providing a cost effective, future-proofed solution.

We integrate renewable technologies, heat recovery and renewable gas with our gas-fired on-site generation to create microgrids that keep the power on 24/7, while reducing emissions.

Dependable power

Centrica Business Solutions' portfolio of high and medium speed gas engines and turbines provides the steady, stable, constant power supply that data centres depend on to assure business continuity, whatever's happening in the outside world. 

Our large operations and maintenance team has extensive experience of designing high efficiency energy critical facilities globally. We provide turnkey solutions and complete end-to-end service and support – from handling planning and grid connection – through to optimising operation and maintenance throughout the project lifecycle.

On-site generation provides a rapid return on investment, but for those with capital constraints, we offer flexible financing options. This includes Energy Performance Contracts, short term rentals and fully long term financed solutions – all supported with comprehensive maintenance.  

How we can help

Centrica Business Solutions can  help you secure your lower cost energy supply and scale it for the future with our on-site generation and storage solutions. Your business and customers’ will be protected, even if you experience a system failure.

Contact our experts to discuss your project and see how we can power a resilient, high efficiency generation solution for your data centre.


Call: 020 8191 7126

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