Just recently, Nissan has made a huge environmental push, turning to renewable energy at its Sunderland facility and investing ways to repurpose used EV batteries. The Japanese automaker has now partnered with Eaton on an energy storage system for Webaxys, providing Leaf batteries with a new life supplying power to data centers.
In accordance with Nissan, between 1.5 and 2 percent of the globe’s electricity is consumed by data centers, and this is a percentage that escalates yearly. However, running a stable data center on renewable energy is not easy because they are extremely sensitive to outages.
The all-new Nissan system will act as an energy storage system for renewable energy, paving the way for its wider adoption, both at the new Webaxys data center in Saint-Romain de Colbosc Eco Park in Normandy and beyond.
Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe, notes that the installation at Webaxys marks a significant historical moment for data centers in their quest to become energy autonomous in the future. He adds that by merging Nissan’s expertise in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, they hope to showcase that data center energy management can be stable, sustainable and cost efficient in the future.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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