Foster Fuels and Compass Datacenters Celebrate Half-Million Gallons of HVO Renewable Diesel Delivery
HVO renewable diesel is rapidly becoming front of mind for those contemplating options that provide additionality to data center carbon-offset planning without infrastructure change. Compass Datacenters is blazing the trail transitioning to HVO renewable diesel for mission-critical emergency generator fuel in the United States, and has hit the half-million gallon milestone with no plans of slowing their migration away from fossil fuels.
“This is just the beginning,” Foster Mission Critical’s Scott Worley stated during a panel discussion on renewable diesel research at the 7x24 Exchange 2022 Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas. “We’re inspired, and with our partners at Compass Datacenters, we’re here to share our research while challenging the mission-critical industry to join us in this meaningful and positive step towards decarbonization.”
Compass Datacenters is one of the first companies to partner with Foster on implementing the alternative fuel breakthrough for mission-critical facilities. “All existing site generators we’ve filled and tested have seamlessly transitioned to renewable diesel fuel,” said Cheryl Cohen, Compass Datacenter’s Head of Engineering and Commissioning CoE. “We’re seeing negligible differences during steady state and transient testing in a product that’s 90% carbon neutral, sourced from flexible lower CI (carbon intensity) feedstocks, and certified not to include palm oil-making it part of a desirable circular economy. If we didn’t know it was HVO being put into the tanks, we wouldn’t know there was a difference.”
According to Cohen, the biggest challenge they are experiencing is re-permitting for their generators. She continued, “because this isn’t standard diesel; we’re in new territory. If permitting is the biggest issue we face in our effort to decarbonize Compass’ backup generator footprint, we’ve scored a huge win.”
Foster’s surge into providing renewable energy has led to the realization of a need for more storage capability in data center localities which, in time, will result in better economy of scale, and further reduction of Scope 3 impacts. Worley noted, “Now that we’ve hit a stride with national delivery, we are working on ways to optimize availability as we see more data centers transition to HVO. We’re delivering Scope 1 emissions reduction to our client, while being cognizant of ways we as a company can reduce the Scope 3 impact of delivery.”
Established in 1921, Foster Fuels, Inc. is a privately held corporation, providing downstream distribution of diesel, renewable HVO diesel, gasoline, Jet A, propane, and emergency water to residential, commercial, and government customers. Foster Fuels operates an award-winning emergency fuel division specializing in business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. More information about Foster Fuels HVO solution can be found at: https://fosterfuelsmissioncritical.com/sustainable-fuel-research/
Cameron Anctil, Mission Critical Marketing Manager