Keppel Data Centres (Keppel DC)

About the Floating Data Centre Park

Visionary Innovation that alleviates the constraints of traditional data  centres
With the growing global demand for data centres, Keppel Data Centres’ Floating Data Centre Park (FDCP) project is an environmentally friendly and resource-efficient way to meet the expanding needs of the digital economy. The FDCP harnesses the expertise of the Keppel Group to develop a solution that alleviates land, water and energy constraints of traditional data centres.
Design and Technology

The FDCP features a modular design, which can be scaled up quickly upon customers’ demand. Given the modular design, new floating data centre modules can be readily developed and deployed, while the older floating data centre modules can be recycled for deployment in other locations, contributing to the circular economy. This also helps to free up valuable land for other urban uses, making it a particularly attractive proposition for land-scarce cities.

Situated at near-shore locations, the FDCP aims to harness seawater for cooling, thereby increasing cooling efficiency by up to 80%. It also avoids the use of potable or industrial water in cooling towers and is envisioned to optimize energy usage by integrating LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure for onsite power generation.

Benefits

Modular Design

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Featuring a modular design, each floating data centre module can be scaled up quickly according to customers’ demand through faster fabrication and an elegant plug-and-play mechanism build in a controlled environment. This greatly improves build quality, and improves the speed-to-market.

Land Demand Alleviation

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With the shifting of the space requirement from land to sea, it opens up land for housing, office, industry and other purposes to sustain the growth of digital hubs.

Water Demand Reduction

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Conventional data centres consume large amount of treated water for cooling. Floating data centre park will utilise the surrounding sea as a heat sink for cooling and hence reducing treated water consumption, which is a limited national resource.

Future Proof

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As digital hubs continue to progress in the modern economy, new leading-edge floating data centre modules can replace the older ones through an elegant plug-and-play mechanism. These older modules will not be obsolete, as they can potentially be moved to other locations, where they can continue to operate.

Improves Energy Efficiency

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The data centre park includes an independent off-site power generation plant. Coupled with our technologies, the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) will be driven down significantly. This will reduce customers’ operating cost as well as carbon footprint.

Project Progress

As of May 2020, Keppel Data Centres is working with its partners to explore the development of a near-shore FDCP at the Loyang Offshore Supply Base, which is operated by Toll Group. Together with Royal Vopak, Keppel Data Centres is also conducting a feasibility study to assess the commercial viability of establishing LNG and possibly hydrogen infrastructure for the power and cooling plants, which will form part of the FDCP development at Loyang Offshore Supply Base. The exploration of hydrogen infrastructure is part of Keppel Data Centres’ strategy to work towards the decarbonisation of its operations.

The Floating Data Centre Park is envisaged to be the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, with the vision to pave the way for more sustainable, low-carbon emission and scalable data centres.

Milestones & Achievements
 
 
 
 
2018
2019
2020
  • Keppel Group envisioned the development of sustainable data centres through bringing together the capabilities of the Keppel ecosystem.
  • Keppel Data Centres formed an inhouse innovation team to explore the possibility of building floating data centre modules with Keppel Offshore & Marine.
  • Keppel Data Centres continued to grow partnerships with Keppel Infrastructure to explore the use of energy-efficient and centralized cooling technologies.
  • In November, Keppel Data Centres was invited by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to share its concept plan at the IMDA Day.
  • In February, the project concept was featured in Channel News Asia documentary Land Unlimited as a unique digital infrastructure solution for land-constrained Singapore.
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  • In March, Keppel Data Centres showcased its project concept at SuperComputing Asia 2019.
  • Keppel Data Centres continued to work closely with government agencies and industry partners to explore the implementation feasibility of the first-of-its-kind floating data centre project in Singapore
  • In August, the CEO of Keppel Data Centres, Mr Wong Wai Meng, was interviewed by Channel News Asia on the development of the Floating Data Centre Park.
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  • In April, Keppel Data Centres inked partnership with Toll Group and Royal Vopak to explore Floating Data Centre Park and LNG-to-power solutions in Singapore.
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  • In June, Keppel Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific signed an MOU to jointly explore the implementation of the hydrogen powered tri-generation plant concept for data centres in Singapore.
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