INNIO Jenbacher H2 Engines to power Dutch Data Center

Dec. 22, 2022
The six Jenbacher engines, 1 MW each, will contribute carbon-free emergency backup power with green hydrogen in the event of electricity grid outage.

Dutch computer consultant NorthC Datacenters has selected INNIO’s Jenbacher Ready for H2 engine technology to provide an emergency backup power solution for its upcoming data center in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Under the contract, INNIO will deliver six Jenbacher hydrogen engines, each 1 MW, as a containerized package. The engines will offer carbon-free emergency backup power with green hydrogen in the event of electricity grid outage.

Hydrogen does not contain a carbon atom and does not emit CO2 when combusted. To be considered green hydrogen, however, the H2 must be produced by electrolyzers powered with carbon-free energy resources.

The Eindhoven data center is a greenfield project and will be powered with solar and wind energy from the grid. It is expected to come online in the second half of 2023. The project supports the Netherlands strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The energy solution and service provider says the Type 4 engines will be configured as dual-gas engines to offer additional flexibility and security to NorthC. In the event of longer grid outages and a shortage in the H2 supply infrastructure, NorthC will be able to switch to natural gas as an energy source.

INNIO will also provide its myPlant Performance cloud-based digital platform solution to help NorthC monitor the emergency backup system in real time.

“We selected INNIO’s Jenbacher technology to support our green hydrogen powered electricity generation because of their long-term experience and proven track record with special gases, like hydrogen,” Jarno Bloem, COO of NorthC Datacenters said. “With INNIO’s Jenbacher hydrogen emergency backup power solution coupled with the renewable power sources from the electricity grid, we are able to decarbonize our complete energy supply infrastructure.”

NorthC aims to become fully carbon neutral by 2030 and plans to achieve this target through four sustainability pillars. They include modular construction, 100% green energy, green hydrogen, and making efficient use of residual heat.

INNIO is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria, with other primary operations in Wisconsin in the U.S. and Ontario in Canada. To date, the company has delivered more than 54,000 engines globally through a service network in more than 80 countries.