Taiwan has taken another crucial step in the development of smart grid. Taipower's first Cloud Data Center is located in Changhua. In the future, it will use 100% of the renewable energy generated from Changhua. The groundbreaking ceremony of the Cloud Data Center was held today (September 9). In response to the large amount of renewable energy being connected to the grid, Taipower has taken the initiative to develop the smart grid and the "Changhua Cloud Data Center" that serves as a key infrastructure for the smart grid, said Taipower. Once completed, the Data Center can store more than 1 million terabytes of data. With the application of data analysis for the smart grid, the generation of renewable energy can be predicted more accurately to carry out power dispatching effectively, making power supply more stable. Furthermore, with the help of optical fiber communication network to provide smart information online services, the future life of people will become smarter and more efficient.
- From the left is the Speaker of Municipal Council Dian-Lin Xie, Deputy Minister of MOEA Wen-Sheng Zeng, Changhua County Mayor Hui-Mei Wang, Taipower Chairman Wei-Fuu Yang, Chairman of Taipower Labor Union You-Bin Wu, and Changhua County Council member Shu-Fang Liu
Taipower held a groundbreaking ceremony for the "Changhua Cloud Data Center" this morning. Distinguished guests including the Deputy Minister of MOEA (Ministry of Economic Affairs) Wen-Sheng Zeng, Taipower Chairman Wei-Fuu Yang, Changhua County Mayor Hui-Mei Wang, and Speaker of Municipal Council Dian-Lin Xie, etc. were invited to witness the ceremony. Wen-Sheng Zeng said that the groundbreaking of the Cloud Data Center symbolizes the advancement of Taiwan's smart grid construction towards a next level. With the help of smart grid information analysis and smart services, the Data Center will become an important cornerstone for strengthening the grid.
- Remark made by Deputy Minister of MOEA Wen-Sheng Zeng
- Remark made by Changhua County Mayor Hui-Mei Wang
Wei-Fuu Yang pointed out that Taipower uses the smart information services of the Cloud Data Center to improve the accuracy of predicting renewable energy generation, allowing power dispatching operation to be carried out more quickly and accurately. Through the analysis of smart meter (AMI) data, users can better understand and grasp their electricity consumption patterns. By combining it with demand response measures, more users can engage in energy saving during peak hours to reduce electricity consumption. Changhua Cloud Data Center can store more than 1 million terabytes of data, which is equivalent to 80 years of Taipower’s smart grid big data. It was constructed in accordance with the technical specifications required for international data center and can reach an operational reliability of 99.982%. In the future, the Data Center can greatly improve the efficiency of online services including customer support, power outage inquiry, etc.
- Remark made by Taipower Chairman Wei-Fuu Yang
In addition to building the Cloud Data Center, Taipower also made contribution to local prosperity and urban development. Changhua County Mayor Hui-Mei Wang said that the construction site was originally used for warehouses and preparatory houses; however, they have become too old. Therefore, Taipower reutilize the site for building the Cloud Data Center. In early September, it became the first public building in Changhua County to receive the subsidy for the reconstruction of urban unsafe and old buildings. It is also the first large cloud data center to station in Changhua after Google established Asia’s largest data center in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in 2013, creating local employment opportunities in Changhua and strengthening Changhua’s information capability.
In addition, the operation of the Changhua Cloud Data Center will use 100% of the renewable energy generated in Changhua, including the electricity produced by the solar photovoltaic power plant and the offshore wind farm in Changhua. Furthermore, during the construction, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of the U.S. Green Building Council and Taiwan's Green Building Gold Label will be adopted, which is expected to reduce power consumption by about 25% compared with the traditional data center in domestic enterprises. It can save 7 GWh of electricity each year and reduce 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by 9 Daan Parks.
In response to the global trend of carbon reduction, the development of renewable energy has become the top priority of Taipower. Changhua has sufficient sunlight and wind energy, making it an excellent site for developing renewable energy in Taiwan, explained Taipower. In recent years, Taipower has promoted the Changbin Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant and the Phase I Offshore Wind Power in Changhua, and will continue to strengthen the development of the renewable energy industry. The building of the "Changhua Cloud Data Center" has combined renewable energy with smart information management, serving as a strong reinforcement for stabilizing the power supply of the grid.
Spokesperson： Professional Chief Administrator, Ting-Shu Zhang
Contact Person：Director of Department of Information Management, Xiu-Zhu Cai