CtrlS Datacenters deploys 700MW GIS to power Mumbai hyperscale campus

Energy investment comes on the heels of further developments the company is carrying out across several Indian cities where it is building more than six million square feet of storage space.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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January 14, 2022 | 1:14 AM GMT

CtrlS Datacenters has deployed what it claims to be Asia’s largest Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in Mumbai.

The GIS, currently equipped with 300MW and can scale up to 700MW, is powering the two million square feet CtrlS Datacenters Campus spread across 10 data centres.

The campus is currently under construction of which four rated-4 data centres are operational.

The GIS deployed by CtrlS is one of the first large scale deployment in Asia powered by 3 line configuration (N+N+1). It has 3 source substations backed by 2 or more substations. The power is sourced from express feeds which have 24/7 supply.

CtrlS is equipped to deliver large capacities such as 100 MW of power in 15 to 18 months.

Gopalakrishnan, Managing Director, GBCI, Southeast Asia and Middle East, said: “CtrlS deploying a 300 MW gas insulated substation (GIS) is a path breaking phenomenon in the industry. This is the first of its kind deployment of power infrastructure by any data centre company in the Asia Pacific region. What is more interesting is the fact that CtrlS has planned ahead by ensuring that the GIS can be scaled up to 700 MW.

“Combined with its planned addition of 2 million green data centre footprint in Mumbai the company is now poised to address the needs of high-density racks. Through this investment, CtrlS has again placed sustainability and efficiency at the core of its operations to provide its customers with world-class green data centres in India.

“Demonstrating its unparalleled commitment to sustainability, Ctrls Mumbai received its LEED Platinum certification under LEED v4 O+M in 2017 and has registered their second project within the same campus for LEED under LEED v4 BD+C in 2019.”

The GIS technology originally began in Japan in the 60’s, where there was a critical need to develop substations with a reduced footprint.

In comparison, a conventional (AIS) or Air-Insulated Substation, occupies more space than GIS. In the US, about 2 to 5% of new substations are constructed as GIS.

Sridhar Pinnnapureddy, Founder and CEO, CtrlS Datacenters, said: “The deployment of 300 MW gas insulated substation scalable to 700 MW is our commitment to the industry as we continue to address the growing needs of hyperscalers, telcos, BFSI, healthcare, gaming, and new age companies. We stay committed to adopting innovative approaches to serve the unmet needs of our customers.”

CtrlS Datacenters is currently expanding its hyperscale data centre footprint to six million in the next 18 to 24 months across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, whilst developing its edge data centre network in tier-2 and tier-3 cities across India.


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