Strategy Stream - Day 1

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Speaker:

Garry Connolly

Founder

Host in Ireland

In association with:

The panellists will explore:

  • the key role WEI and its members have played to date in achieving Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy target of 40% renewable electricity,
  • how EirGrid will reinforce Ireland’s electricity grid over the next decade and connect large volumes of renewable energy,
  • how Eirgrid’s strategy reconciles with the Government’s Climate Action Plan,
  • Eirgrid’s strategy from the perspective of Wind Energy Ireland and its members,
  • some energy market intelligence and analysis,
  • value stacking and further investment opportunities.

Speakers

Peter O’Neill

Partner

Eversheds Sutherland

Peter Connolly

Managing Director

Cornwall Insight

Noel Cunniffe

CEO

Wind Energy Ireland

Mark Foley

CEO

Eirgrid

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How is Ireland’s data hosting industry meeting the climate challenge? We ask operators of data centres about their policies to minimise their environmental impact, and explore the opportunities for climate neutral data.

Speakers

David McAuley

Founder and CEO

Bitpower

Séamus Dunne

Managing Director

Interxion Ireland

Maurice Mortell

Managing Director Ireland

Equinix

Matt Pullen

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Europe

CyrusOne

Gary Watson

Country Manager

Keppel Data Centre REIT Ireland

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Speakers

Michelle Wallace

Head of Operations and Community

Host in Ireland

Thomas Gorman

Director of Operations, IE

Interxion

Peter Jones

Chief Development Officer

Yondr

Anthony McDermott

Director

Mitchell McDermott

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Speaker

Aisling O’Donoghue

Associate

A&L Goodbody's Energy & Infrastructure team.

This discussion will explore recent trends around green corporate power procurement strategies, including policy drivers, key commercial considerations for generators and offtakers (including datacentres), and the legal contractual frameworks being deployed to deliver traceable, renewable power.

Mark O’Neill is a Microsoft Datacentre 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

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  • We saw 20 years ago, well thought through plans to stimulate International connectivity with Government backing of connectivity from Ireland to the UK. Is Government geared up the right way today to support this critical ecosystem? What more could be done?
  • Is this the same for using state infrastructure for national fibre connectivity? How is Irelands national fibre infrastructure rated by the FDI community? Are we using national infrastructure in the most effective way or even at all?
  • History shows that the Island of Ireland seems to be the epicentre of Trans-Atlantic cable systems landing in Europe. Why was this the case and why does it continue to see the benefit of investments of almost a billion dollars in the last 5 years?
  • The European Union privacy regulator has placed a preliminary order to suspend data transfers to the US regarding EU users. Do you think this will in anyway harm the demand of existing and new data centres in Ireland?

Speakers

Fergus Innes

Senior Vice President

Crosslakes Fibre

Kevin Foley

CFO

Aqua Comms

John Regan

Business Development, Strategy & Regulation Manager

ESB Telecom

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This Session will outline some of the changes driving EU decision making with a panel discussion debating what this may mean for Data Centre Operators.

Areas that will be addressed:

  • Update on Standards
  • How the EU view Data Centres
  • Impact of changes
  • New Drivers
  • Gaia X
  • Carbon Emission
  • Energy
  • OVH – European Cloud Platform

Speakers

Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Senior Consultant

PTS Consulting

Mark Acton

Independent Consultant

Professor Rabih Bashroush

Professor & Global Head, IT Infrastructure Advisory

Uptime Institute

Una Fitzpatrick

Director of Technology

IBEC Ireland

Emma Fryer

Associate Director

techUK

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Speakers

Professor Rabih Bashroush

Professor & Global Head, IT Infrastructure Advisory

Uptime Institute

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As the traditional co-location business model is increasingly under cost pressure – it’s time for operators to move beyond renting space with power to selling the resource that all software needs: Digital Power. In this session Max Schulze will provide the perspective of the software & IT community and why they don’t see any data centers or IT hardware in their life, even though all of software is dependent on them. We will look at how facilities must evolve to meet the demands of the software community and how this leads to an overall improvement of both economic and environmental sustainability.

Speaker

Max Schulze

Executive Chairman

SDIA

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

John Curley

General Manager

Clarke Energy

Tony Whittle

Managing Director UK & Ireland

Enel X