Energy Storage in Communications & Data Center Infrastructures

26 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019 Last revised: 2 Jun 2020

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Louis-Francois Pau

Copenhagen Business School (CBS); Rotterdam School of Management; L.M. Ericsson; GIBS

Date Written: August 4, 2019


As communications technology is ubiquitous, and energy savings are ever more crucial in communications and data storage infrastructures, it is timely to revisit the technologies used for energy storage. This multidisciplinary paper especially focusses on the specific requirements onto energy storage for communications and data storage, derived from traffic, climate, high availability, and resilience, irrespective from energy sources used. It also addresses techno-economic, environmental & emissions tradeoffs offered by a model, and concludes with discussing future energy storage technologies.


1. Introduction: specific requirements

2. Redundancies in telecommunications flows affecting power requirements and consumption

3. Energy storage techno-economic trade-offs

4. Energy storage environmental and emissions tradeoffs

5. Communications networks infrastructure as a distributed energy storage grid

6. Characteristics of energy storage technologies for communications nodes

7. Efficiency in AC-DC power conversion

8. Monitoring of battery power loss

9. Energy storage in computing clouds

10. Future energy storage technologies for communications networks and data centers

Keywords: Energy storage, Communications networks, Data centers, Batteries, Battery power loss, AD-DC power conversion, Life-cycle costs, Environmental life-cycle cost, Emissions life-cycle cost

JEL Classification: L96, L86, L97

Suggested Citation

Pau, Louis-Francois, Energy Storage in Communications & Data Center Infrastructures (August 4, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Louis-Francois Pau (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) ( email )

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Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

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L.M. Ericsson ( email )


GIBS ( email )

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Pretoria 5100, 0002
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