NorthC selects INNIO H2 technology as data center’s emergency backup power solution

NorthC Datacenters (NorthC) has chosen INNIO’s Jenbacher Ready for H2 engine technology to provide an emergency backup power solution for its newest data center, which will be built in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

In the event of an electricity system failure, six Jenbacher hydrogen engines will offer carbon-free emergency backup power. The Jenbacher Type 4 hydrogen engines are being shipped as a containerized unit and have a six megawatt overall power output. The Eindhoven data center is a greenfield project that is anticipated to be operational in the second half of 2023. It includes a hydrogen emergency backup power solution and an on-site hydrogen storage solution.

NorthC has put into place a plan to achieve complete carbon neutrality by 2030. Four sustainability pillars—100% green energy, modular building, effective utilization of waste heat, and green hydrogen—will be used to achieve this. Solar and wind energy from the grid will be used to power the Eindhoven data center.

The six Jenbacher Type 4 engines are set up as dual-gas engines to give NorthC more flexibility and security. The on-site hydrogen storage powers the engines in the event of an electrical grid failure. In the event of a shortage in the H2 supply infrastructure, NorthC has the option to transition to using natural gas as an energy source during the operation of the engines during longer-lasting grid disruptions.

NorthC will have secure, real-time monitoring of the emergency backup system provided by INNIO’s myPlant Performance cloud-based digital platform solution. The project helps the Netherlands realize its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.