China National Petroleum Corporation recently installed five of GE's ecomagination-qualified, Jenbacher cogeneration systems at its new data center located in the Beijing district of Changping. The Beijing data center is being built by CNPC to support its new Technology Innovation Base in the National Independent Innovation Park in Changping.
Officials said that the new power facility will meet an industrial data center's on-site cooling and heating requirements. The 16.7-MW combined cooling and heating power plant, powered by five of GE's 3.34-megawatt J620 Jenbacher cogeneration units, will provide a total efficiency of up to 85 percent to minimize the data center's energy costs.
The Jenbacher cogeneration technology will offer the highest availability and critical load management capacity to support CNPC's operational and backup energy security requirements. Officials confirmed that the units will be delivered to CNPC by the end of April 2013.
"Our Changping data center equipment has specific power requirements, which is why we selected GE's cogeneration technology that has a proven record of reliability around the world," said Zhao Jianwei, general manager of Beijing Gas Energy Investment Company, in a statement. "Our project also supports China's National Energy Administration goal to build more distributed energy facilities that increase regional energy security and cleaner air."
The Changping data center power plant is China's largest gas engine CCHP project. It is also a part of CNPC's broader initiative to expand its network of remote data centers to strengthen the company's business operations and emergency backup capabilities.
The cogeneration plant, by using cleaner-burning natural gas will provide CNPC with significant environmental benefits.
In related TMC (News - Alert) news, CNPC and Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group have signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in Beijing, to strengthen collaboration in industrialization and information technology between the two sides.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli