Singapore’s CapitaLand, SP Group, Sembcorp to Study Use of Integrated Energy for Green Data Centers

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CapitaLand’s data centre is the first to pilot in Singapore under SP’s Energy Partnership Programme

CapitaLand, SP Group (SP) and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly study the use of integrated energy solutions to power data centres. CapitaLand’s data centre is the first to pilot in Singapore under SP’s Energy Partnership Programme. The integrated energy solutions will potentially include a combination of solar photovoltaic, green hydrogen and energy storage amongst others. These will be further enhanced with smart technologies to increase energy efficiency and effectiveness.

CapitaLand’s drive for sustainability
The study covered under the MOU will initially focus on developing solutions to power CapitaLand’s flagship data centre, 9 Tai Seng Drive with green energy. 9 Tai Seng Drive has been certified with the top rating of Green Mark Platinum for data centres by the Building and Construction Authority and Infocomm Media Development Authority. The feasibility study results planned for the second half of 2021, would potentially be applicable to benefit other data centres in Singapore.

This initiative dovetails with CapitaLand’s 2030 Sustainability Master Plan to elevate its commitment to global sustainability. Among CapitaLand’s 2030 sustainability targets unveiled on 1 October 2020, it aims to reduce its carbon emissions intensity by 78% by 2030, reduce its energy consumption intensity at its operating properties by 35% and increase its proportion of total electricity consumption from renewable sources by 35% by 2030. CapitaLand also aims to green its entire global portfolio by 2030, including its data centres.

SP’s Energy Partnership Programme
This collaboration between CapitaLand, SP and Sembcorp is the first under SP’s Energy Partnership Programme. The programme aims to help corporates meet their green ambitions and overcome energy-related business challenges using integrated energy solutions. Leveraging SP’s technical expertise in smart energy solutions, research and testing will be undertaken at SP’s Concept Lab1. Corporates enjoy the benefits of researching and testing the viability of sustainable solutions before advancing to real-world applications.

Sembcorp harnesses the power of collaboration
As an integrated energy player across the utilities and energy value chain, Sembcorp brings expertise in providing urban sustainability solutions to energy-intensive businesses with customised combinations of solar energy, energy storage, sustainable energy retail and other innovative energy solutions. One of the targeted outcomes for Sembcorp in this partnership is to determine how green hydrogen fuel cell technologies can be most efficiently deployed in Singapore to reduce the carbon footprint of data centres.

CapitaLand’s joint study with SP and Sembcorp is another of its efforts to strengthen the use of renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint. In collaboration with Sembcorp, over 21,000 solar panels were installed atop CapitaLand’s six industrial properties2 held under Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (Ascendas Reit) in Singapore in 2019. It is the largest combined rooftop solar facility in Singapore by a real estate company. These solar farms can collectively generate around 10,292 megawatt hours of energy annually, equivalent to powering about 2,300 four-room HDB flats each year3. CapitaLand’s corporate offices in Singapore will be 100% powered by renewable energy. Three of its corporate offices will be 100% powered by renewable energy by end 2020 through Renewable Energy Certificates from the clean energy generated atop these industrial properties.

Greening data centres for a low-carbon future
The joint study is timely, given current trends in data network electricity use. According to a June 2020 report by the International Energy Agency, global data centre electricity demand in 2019 contributed close to one per cent of global demand4. Demand for data services is expected to continue its exponential growth over the coming years, which in turn will lead to an accelerated growth in data centre loads.

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