Operational Stream - Day 1

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Speakers

Clare Dillon

Founder

Open Ireland Network

In Association with:

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a non profit open source hardware community which since its formation in 2011 has been disrupting the 20th Century Data Centre Industry. In this session, John will share the latest news from the Open Compute Project and explore how open hardware can dramatically reduce carbon emissions for the sector in Ireland.

Speaker

John Laban

Open Compute Project

In Association with:

In this session, the panel will discuss real life examples of how and where open source hardware is being used to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions in data centres worldwide.

Speakers

Clare Dillon

Founder

Open Ireland Network

Niall Kelly

Director

The Cube - National Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon

John Laban

Open Compute Project

Barry McGinley

Senior Systems Engineers for EMEA

EPS Global

In Association with:

In September 2021, the European Commission released a report examining the economic impact of open source software and hardware for Europe. In this session, Clare will share details of the research showing how an open source strategy can amplify the local economic impact of the data centre industry in Ireland. She will also explore some international case studies to illustrate the potential for Ireland.

Speaker

Clare Dillon

Founder

Open Ireland Network

In Association with:

Open Ireland Network is a network for organizations and individuals on the island of Ireland who want to connect around Open Source Software, Open Hardware, Open Data, Open Research, Open Government and all things open. This session will give an overview of the community and outline how it intends to help the open ecosystem thrive in Ireland.

Speaker

Sinéad Redmond

Co-Founder

Open Ireland Network

In Association with:

RiT Tech: Making data centres autonomous through Universal Intelligent Infrastructure Management (UIIM)

In an industry where evolution in the data centre infrastructure management space has been the victim of its own success – it is now time to ditch the DCIM proposition and focus on a the future for intelligent management of data centre operations. There are some real key issues facing the data centre sector right now – from availability of human resources to competitive strength, achieving commercial objectives and meeting sustainability targets. Our event is to focus on ‘what’s next’ and how technology will play an important role in improving the sustainability, reliability and commercial viability of data centres in an increasingly competitive market.

Speaker

Jeff Safovich

Chief Technology Officer

RiT Tech

Speaker

Brian Armstrong

Strategy Manager Customer Solutions

ESB

Paul Fitzpatrick

Head of Customer Solutions

Smart Energy Services

Mark O’Neill is a Microsoft Data Centre Evangelist based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked a Microsoft for over a decade and a half, most recently as part of the world-wide Microsoft Technology Centre team. With his extensive knowledge he has helped customers from across the world to understand Microsoft’s cloud propositions using Microsoft’s world-class datacentres. Mark holds an MBA in Technology Management and an MSc in Cloud Computing and has a specialist focus on data centres, especially in the area of innovation, security and sustainability.

Speaker

Mark O’Neill

Data Centre Evangelist

Microsoft

In Association with:

Echelon Data Centres, an Irish-owned company committed to delivering carbon neutral and sustainable large-scale data centre assets, recognises the role it has to play in addressing the issue of Ireland’s current energy supply shortfall.

The basis of Echelon’s power strategy is to utilise the grid when it is not constrained – such as non-peak times or when renewable generation is high. By reducing demand, the issue of shortfall in supply will not be as acute.

At peak times, when the grid is under pressure, data centres should have the capability to generate their own power and where possible, export power to the grid, using on-site energy centres. Echelon is currently constructing two facilities – with a combined capacity of 360MW – that would deliver this capability, representing a significant contribution to the Irish grid.

This deployment of gas-powered energy centres allows the grid to have more flexibility at times of peak demand and – as recognised by governments, system operators and energy experts globally – will enable the transition to a grid with periods of 100% renewable energy.

Speaker

Simon McCormick

Chief Technical Officer

Echelon Data Centres Limited

Speaker

Mike Higgins

Founder & CEO

Circularwise.com

Speaker

Brendan Marren

Head of Distributed Energy, Ireland

Centrica Business Solutions

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How can you combat the increasing risk of grid-constraints, flexible Maximum Import Capacity (MIC), supply disruption and price volatility?  How do you turnaround the financial risk of MIC for commercial advantage?

What role can hydrogen, district heating and gas play in powering your data centre more reliably, sustainably, and cost effectively?

By 2029, EirGrid has forecast that Ireland’s data centres could account for 27pc of all electricity demand, which is expected to increase by more than 300% over the next 5 years.

Data Centre operators must find new sustainable energy solutions to meet their mission critical power requirements and support continued growth of the sector while also assisting Ireland’s carbon reduction targets.

Put your questions to our panel of experts, who will explore new opportunities to exploit modular microgrids – using on-site generation technologies and strategies. The panel will also share their experience of being involved in the first solution of its kind and provide insight into new opportunities to future-proof your secure data centre energy demand for competitive, flexible, and environmental advantage.

Topics for discussion:

  • The role of natural gas, renewable gas and hydrogen in tackling the triple challenge of energy resilience, cost and carbon reduction
  • Exploiting low and zero carbon on-site generation and storage opportunities to future proof your sustainable energy needs with modular micro grids
  • Utilising real time reporting to monitor the grid, on site generation and storage from a carbon and cost perspective
  • Sharing our experience in successful planning and development of onsite solutions

Speakers

Ed Ansett

Chairman and Co-Founder

i3 Solutions Group Ltd

David Hourihane

Managing Director, Europe

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

Brendan Marren

Head of Distributed Energy, Ireland

Centrica Business Solutions