A greenfield, 25 megawatt data center in Kentucky, currently under construction. It’s powered by a hydroelectric dam operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The go-live target date is Q4-2021.
Here’s the Sophie story…
Consuming less energy than was being generated by the hydroelectric power plant. It suffered less profits with less demand by industrial customers. Why? Because of a depressed, local steel industry among others. Also, during peak hours, it had to keep peaker plants on reserve or standby. This was very expensive. These higher costs were passed on to customers. Thus, giving these customers potential reasons to take their business elsewhere.
Built a data center to consume energy during off-peak periods. This smoothed power demand to deliver a consistent experience to all their clients. Created a solid, balanced and controllable infrastructure to match supply and demand, improving grid reliability. This lessens the chance & need to shut down damns, close power plants. This also balances load between peak & off-peak hours. Grids can now rely less on dirty & costly peaker plants.
Grid operators will match demand with supply. They can easily manage their network. They operate at a lower cost. They can add more green power plants and use more of the available renewable energy. All so they can retain & attract more industrial customers for the state.
Sophie Wilson is a detailed oriented designer who helped invent and deploy ARM technology. This was key to unlocking the mobile and custom chip revolution. She found ways to use processors in more simple ways. We’re building a data center to help the grid. We’re using the ways of Sophie to blend details and simplicity for our first greenfield project.Learn about Sophie