Rolls-Royce and AVK Provide Over 3.5 Gigawatts of Emergency
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Aug 22, 2022

Rolls-Royce and AVK Provide Over 3.5 Gigawatts of Emergency Power Capacity in the UK

  • UK's largest technology companies rely on emergency power solutions from AVK and Rolls-Royce
  • Focus on Net Zero solutions with sustainable fuels and fuel cells

Rolls-Royce has delivered 200 mtu emergency generators to AVK, UK’s leading provider of critical power solutions, in just three years. AVK has already installed and commissioned the majority across Europe, and in total has already provided more than 3.5 gigawatts of power to data centers, the financial, telecommunications and healthcare industries in the UK and Ireland.

AVK is now the largest supplier of emergency power solutions to data centers and the financial sector in the UK, and since signing the exclusive agreement with the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, has been using only mtu brand emergency gensets.

AVK Managing Director Chris Pritchard said: “Data is now the ‘fourth utility’ required by all. I believe we are still at the bottom of the growth curve. I can’t see an end to it.” Business experts now consider telecommunications infrastructure as important as electricity, water, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. According to Grand View Research, the European colocation data center market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.1 percent from 2021 to 2028. The most important European markets for data centers are Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris, where demand is highest.

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UK’s largest technology companies rely on AVK and Rolls-Royce
AVK provides, installs and maintains - over their entire service life - turnkey emergency power systems based on Series 2000 and 4000 mtu diesel systems ranging from 825 to 4,000 KVA tailored to customer needs. The task of a data center is to guarantee stored data with one hundred percent availability at all times, even if the mains power supply fails. Chris Pritchard added: “AVK has been using mtu engines for emergency power systems for over 20 years. The outstanding product features combined with individual customer support are key to why the industry is increasingly relying on solutions from AVK and Rolls-Royce.” Current projects include (among others) the flagship data center campus for a Dublin-based Hyperscale digital operator, a number of high-profile enterprise data centers across the UK and Europe, and several major high-rise London-based commercial developments.

Fuel cells and sustainable fuels for Net Zero emergency power solutions
Tobias Ostermaier, President of the Stationary Power Solutions business unit at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, explained: “Over the past two decades, Rolls-Royce and AVK have grown together to form a strong team as a solution provider. AVK, as the leading provider of emergency power solutions, and Rolls-Royce, as one of the three largest suppliers of emergency power systems for data centers worldwide, will together continue to serve the growing demand with a proven portfolio as well as sustainable solutions.”


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