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TEECL Ventures into Data Center Business with a Focus on Sustainability and Innovation

Ankit Saraiya

In a recent interview, with Ankit Saraiya, Director of Techno Electric & Engineering Company Limited (TEECL), revealed its ambitious plans to enter the data center market, marking a significant expansion beyond its established expertise in the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) sector. 

TEECL embraces emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, liquid cooling, and edge computing to enhance data center productivity and performance.

Ankit Saraiya, Director of Techno Electric & Engineering Company Limited (TEECL)

What is the rationale behind TEECL’s entry into capex-centric DC Business?

With a distinguished history spanning over four decades, TEECL has earned trust and recognition in the EPC sector, boasting a portfolio of successful projects in power and infrastructure. Leveraging its extensive experience, the company ventured into developing renewable energy and transmission assets since 2009, totaling 207.35 MW under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Now, TEECL seeks to extend its expertise to address the unique challenges of the data center domain, recognizing the immense potential and increasing demand for reliable data infrastructure. By investing in data centers powered by renewable energy, TEECL aims to contribute to a greener digital ecosystem while meeting the growing needs of businesses for secure and efficient data management.

What is your competitive advantage of Chennai Data Center?

Chennai emerges as a strategic location for TEECL’s data center venture, given its pivotal role in the global undersea cable infrastructure and its status as an alternative data exchange hub for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. TEECL’s Chennai Data Center capitalizes on these advantages, offering state-of-the-art facilities designed to ensure mission-critical operations and an impressive uptime of 99.999%. With a focus on Tier-III compliance and sustainable practices, the facility is well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of businesses for secure and efficient data management.

What is sustainability and power consumption management?

TEECL prioritizes sustainability in its data center projects, employing renewable energy sources and advanced technologies to minimize carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency. From utilizing adiabatic cooling towers to implementing intelligent monitoring systems, the company adopts a holistic approach to reduce environmental impact while optimizing operational performance. By aligning with global sustainability standards such as USGBC LEED v4, TEECL underscores its commitment to building eco-friendly data infrastructure.

What are the automation and security measures?

In line with industry best practices, TEECL emphasizes the integration of automation and robust security protocols in its data center operations. Through an integrated security system encompassing access control, CCTV surveillance, and perimeter intrusion detection, the company ensures comprehensive protection against potential threats. By leveraging advanced technologies and adhering to stringent cybersecurity standards, TEECL aims to safeguard data integrity and maintain operational resilience.

What are the adoption of emerging technologies?

TEECL embraces emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, liquid cooling, and edge computing to enhance data center productivity and performance. By deploying innovative solutions like adiabatic cooling towers and fan wall units, the company aims to optimize energy usage and improve overall efficiency. Additionally, TEECL explores opportunities in predictive analytics and high-speed connectivity, leveraging the latest advancements to deliver cutting-edge solutions to its customers.

What is the roadmap for future growth?

Looking ahead, TEECL outlines an ambitious roadmap for its data center business, envisioning investments of $1 billion by FY 2030 to establish 250 MW capacity facilities across India. With an upcoming facility in Kolkata following the Chennai project, the company aims to expand its footprint in key metropolitan areas, driving sustainable growth and innovation in the data center industry.

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