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BUILD Sustainability: Construction Design for a Generator-less Future

Pete Sacco  (CEO & Founder, PTS Data Center Solutions, Inc.)

Location: Room 203 A/B

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

Pass Type: All Access Conference, Data Center BUILD Summit - Get your pass now!

Session Type: Data Center BUILD Summit

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

In a world increasingly dependent on digital infrastructure, the significance of developing advanced, resilient, and sustainable data centers cannot be overstated. Presently, the narrative surrounding data center design predominantly revolves around resilience and operational efficacy, achieved mainly through extensive and intricate systems including, but not limited to, extensive generator systems to ensure uninterrupted power. However, I propose a radical shift in perspective—envisioning a future where we build, broadly geographically distributed, "generatorless" data centers that are not just a testament to innovative engineering, but also epitomize operational and energy efficiency.

By eliminating generators, we can significantly reduce the initial capital expenditure and operational costs, expedite deployment times, and simplify overall design, making these facilities more straightforward to operate and maintain. This approach is not about compromising resilience; rather, it's about harnessing state-of-the-art technology and design methodologies to create facilities that are simultaneously more sustainable and reliable.

In recent years, the breakthroughs in renewable energy solutions and energy storage technologies have provided us with unprecedented opportunities to reimagine the traditional data center blueprint. A "generatorless" data center takes advantage of these innovations to decrease energy consumption and diminish environmental impact, aligning operational goals with ecological responsibility. Building such centers is no longer a utopian concept; it's a tangible reality that can redefine industry standards, providing a scalable model that can adapt to evolving technological landscapes and energy matrices.

By sharing insights, experiences, and knowledge on this transformative approach, I aspire to lead the conversation on how we can collectively usher in a new era of data center design, where simplicity meets sustainability, and cost-efficiency coexists with high performance, forging a future where our digital advancements are harmonious with our environment.


  • Where is the data center industry headed?
  • How are the fast-coming AI and other HPC workloads going to impact the data center?
  • Why are generatorless data center facilities so important to meet this demand?