Centrica Business Solutions and AVK have today (Tuesday 26th May) signed an exclusive collaboration agreement to co-develop solutions for the data centre market utilising gas engine power generation systems and other energy technologies.
AVK is the largest supplier of data centre and financial sector critical power solutions in the UK and Ireland, while Centrica Business Solutions specialises in gas generation, route to market services, optimisation and innovative financial structures, such as the provision of energy as a service.
In order to combat the shortage of grid capacity available to data centres, and to overcome changing environmental legislation around the use of diesel generation, they will join forces to deploy gas back up and prime power solutions into the data centre market across the UK and Europe.
The agreement covers the supply of MTU Series 2000 and 4000 diesel systems in a range extending from 825 to 4,000 KVA. AVK provides turnkey standby power systems and UPS systems, in addition to taking care of their installation and maintenance.
Ben Pritchard, Sales Director for AVK said:
“We have been actively seeking a partner to help us develop our capability in prime power and gas back-up generation. Centrica has extensive experience with gas engines and the nuances of the energy markets and represents the ideal partner with which to develop a compelling market offering.”
In the past 30 years, AVK has developed into the largest solutions provider in the UK’s critical power market and has to date supplied gensets with a total of more than 3.5 GW of power for data centres and for the financial, telecommunications and health sectors in the UK and across Europe.
Centrica Business Solutions Sales Director, Ian Hopkins, added:
“AVK has a really strong reputation in the data centre market for delivering high quality back up power solutions. They will provide significant expertise in key areas that will help us to deliver a differentiated joint offering to the data centre market.”
The collaboration agreement commits both companies to co-develop a suite of secure power offerings that deliver a more sustainable energy pathway for data centres without any compromise to on-site resilience.