Caterpillar has announced that LCL Data Centers, an operator of five independent data centres in Belgium, has commissioned a new 13.5MVA standby power solution at its LCL Brussels-West data centre in Aalst that operates exclusively on 100% hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel. It is the first data centre in the nation to use biofuels for standby power operation.
Facility planners for LCL leveraged the expertise of engineering experts from Eneria, the local Cat dealer, to design, install, test and commission the solution which consists of six Cat 3516B diesel generator sets.
“With our deep roots in Belgium, we are committed to supporting environmentally responsible initiatives that create a better world,” said Laurens van Reijen, Managing Director of LCL. “Our collaboration with Eneria and Caterpillar has demonstrated the viability of HVO100 in our standby power systems. We’re strongly committed to becoming carbon-neutral by the end of this decade and we’ve launched numerous initiatives across our operations to help us achieve this goal.”
Eneria will also provide ongoing maintenance and service under a Cat Customer Value Agreement (CVA). Through fully customisable CVAs, Cat dealers assume responsibility for the on-site maintenance and service of power solutions, enabling customers to focus on running their enterprises.
“We were delighted to receive the request from the data centre specialist, LCL, to ensure its emergency power generators operate on HVO100 – a renewable diesel fuel,” added Tim Bisson, Director of Eneria Belux, a specialist in renewable energy supply and emergency power installations in Belgium. “We tested the operation of Cat generator sets with traditional diesel, HVO100 and a blend of these fuels. We concluded that the power and reactivity performance of the generators remained the same regardless of the fuel used.”
Propelled by the success of the project in Aalst, LCL plans to convert the standby power solutions at all its data centres to operate on HVO over the next two years.
The standby system was installed as part of a €15.5 million expansion that tripled LCL’s footprint in Aalst while achieving the Uptime Institute’s Tier III certifications for design and construction.
LCL’s commitment to sustainability
The initiative to use HVO for standby power reflects LCL’s deep and growing support for sustainability. In 2021, LCL joined the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, a self-regulated initiative by dozens of European data centre operators and trade associations to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. As part of this programme, LCL joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in November 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its data centres.
Power solutions for customers’ sustainability initiatives
Caterpillar helps customers achieve their climate-related goals by providing products that facilitate fuel transition, increased operational efficiency and reduced emissions. This support includes commercially available power solutions capable of operating on hydrogen fuel; Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) software solutions for monitoring, managing and monetising on-site energy assets; a full hybrid energy solutions technology suite; Cat cogeneration CHP systems and combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) systems; and support for HVO, biodiesel and blended fuel products.Click below to share this article