Japanese IT giant NTT Data intends to go on an unusual experiment. The company is working with Sekisui Chemical to install lightweight solar panels on the walls of its data centers and offices in Japan, according to DataCenter Dynamics. Demonstrations will begin next month, which the company says will be the first of its kind in the country.
If the trials are successful, the company will implement similar solutions in all 16 data centers and offices in Japan as part of its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. In order to test the scheme’s performance, the installation of perovskite film-type solar panels from Sekisui, which are light in weight, will begin in April 2023. Both the method of installation and the overall energy efficiency of the system, as well as safety and wind resistance, will be tested. So far, partner companies do not disclose how much energy their solutions should generate, but you should not count on the fact that the panels will fully cover the needs of offices and data centers.
During the first phase of the project, from April 2023 to March 2024, the panels will be installed on the walls of the Sekisui Chemical Research Center. It is possible that as a result, the calculated load on the walls of buildings, especially those requiring modernization, will be exceeded. If the experiment is successful, in April 2024 they will try to apply the system on the walls of the NTT Shinagawa TWINS Data Tower data center. This will allow partners to evaluate the parameters of the panels and determine how effective such elements are in the urban environment. On this campus, NTT is also testing robotic data center maintenance.
The possibility of using perovskite solutions is also being considered by the Japanese KDDI for use in its base stations in conjunction with Enecoat Technologies. And at the end of last year, the Moro Hub Dubai data center entered the Guinness Book of Records as the sunniest, it is the largest data center in the world in terms of area, completely powered by solar energy.
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