Chosen in April as one of five industry teams to receive funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) for the purpose of developing and testing distributed energy resources, Sure Power Corp., Danbury, Conn., announced this week it has begun work on the project. With $2.2 million from the DOE, the company hopes to integrate one of its high-availability on-site generation systems into an existing Internet data center facility.

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says the DOE’s goal in initiating the project was twofold. “This effort is one of several geared to develop an energy supply system capable of meeting the needs of the 21st century,” Abraham said. “It also addresses the goal set by President Bush in the National Energy Plan of providing for a reliable energy infrastructure.”

According to Sure Power, the system will provide high-availability, computer-grade electricity and cooling that is flexible, scalable, and can support existing loads, future growth, and expansion plans, while exceeding clean air regulations and increasing energy efficiency.

Also awarded money by the DOE for similar projects were EPRI-PEAC, Knoxville, Tenn.; Honeywell, Minneapolis; Verizon, Harrisburg, Pa.; and Durst Development, New York City.