Jul 19, 2021

Crown Oil's vegetable oil fuel to help Kao Data hit net zero

Helen Adams
3 min
At the opening of Net Zero Week, Kao Data has said that through the use of Crown Oil's HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) 90% of CO2 has eliminated

Kao Data, a developer and operator of data centres, has taken a step towards its net zero ambitions, by becoming the UK’s first data centre to transition all backup generators at its Harlow campus, to HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel. 

This move has been made possible through a partnership with Crown Oil and means that Kao Data has eliminated 90% of net CO2 from backup generators.

Founded in 2014, Kao Data’s Harlow campus is built on the site of Sir Charles Kao’s discovery of fibre optic cable in 1966. When fully completed the 15 acre, +£230m campus will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Crown Oil supplies fuel, oil and green energy, is headquartered in Manchester, UK, and has a revenue of £197m. 


Vegetable oil to the planet’s rescue

Diesel alternative HVO is one of the cleanest fuels on the market.

Synthesised from vegetable oils using a specialist hydro treatment process, it offers improved burning efficiency.

Kao Data will replace an initial 45,000 litres of diesel and switch to an HVO provision of more than 750,000 litres, when the campus is fully developed. 

Using HVO also offers a number of additional benefits in respect of infrastructure reliability: 

  • HVO eliminates microbial growth, which generates sludge that can lead to engine shut down
  • The fuel requires no modification to existing infrastructure and can be used as a direct replacement for diesel
  • It has a storage life that is ten times that of standard diesel 
  • HVO offers resilient year-round performance in both low and high temperatures. 
  • It is also easier to maintain, free from aromatics, sulphur and metals, odourless and completely biodegradable. 


HVO fuel supports the planet and human activity 

Despite its roots in fossil fuels, Crown Oil is impressed with HVO. 

“HVO fuel is dramatically better for the environment compared to traditional, mineral diesels”, said Simon Lawford, Technical Sales Manager, Crown Oil. “It is 100% renewable, biodegradable, sustainable and non-toxic. We’re proud to have worked with Kao Data to initiate a first-of-its kind project, which will be transformative for the data centre industry, and help point the way forward for significant reductions in industrial greenhouse gas emissions.”

Kao Data is pleased to have almost eliminated fossil fuels from its operations. 

“This pioneering approach to replace our generator’s diesel provision with HVO fuel, is a key step in the company’s efforts to become net zero, and a further demonstration of our leadership in the international data centre sustainability field”, said Gérard Thibault, Chief Technology Officer at Kao Data. “This move effectively eliminates fossil fuels from our data centre operations, and helps us reduce Scope 3 emissions in our customers’ supply chain, while delivering no degradation to the service they receive. Most importantly, it shows how our industry can take a simple and highly beneficial step forward for the good of the environment, ahead of COP26.”


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Jul 21, 2021

Samsung Heavy Industries utilises renewable energy at sea

Helen Adams
2 min
After years of research, Samsung Heavy Industries moves into the renewable energy market with offshore wind

Samsung Heavy Industries has employed offshore wind power, by developing an independent offshore wind floater model.

The company has received Approval in Principle for its 9.5-MW large-scale offshore wind floater model, Tri-Star Float, from DNV.

SHI is headquartered in South Korea, has a revenue of $6b and is best known for its containers and drillships. 

Norwegian classification society DNV operates risk management across over 100 countries, working on wind farms to pipelines and supply chains. 


Samsung Heavy Industries sees renewable energy possibilities at sea

As many of the products made by Samsung Heavy Industries are made to be used at sea, it’s only natural for the company to consider using the ocean as a source of energy to power production. 

From years of analysing data across the East Sea, DNV and SHI can ensure safety and energy production through wind farms. The research collected includes a vast quantity of data on:

  • Wind strength
  • Tide depth 
  • Water depth


The steel-frame structures which will support the wind generators at sea, are in a compact design, intended to shorten the construction period and provide energy quicker. 

SHI is ready to begin reducing its use of fossil fuels and embark on a renewable energy journey.


Samsung Heavy Industries moves into the renewable energy sector

SHI began the development of the independent floater model in October 2020, but the floating water tank model test at Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) was not completed until March.

“The offshore floater will enable us to make forays into the renewable energy sector using our capacity to build large-scale offshore plants. We hope our development is aligned with the government’s Green New Deal Policy,” said Wang K. Lee, Vice President of Offshore Business Division of SHI.

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