Data Center Connects to Local District Energy System

February 27, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

A “climate positive” data center is being constructed in the city of Falun, Sweden. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project.

The EcoDataCenter will be connected to the local district energy system in Falun. The excess heat from the servers and IT equipment will warm the buildings in Falun through the district heating system. In the summer, excess steam from the local electricity plant will run the machines cooling the data center.

The collaboration between the data center and the district heating system will ensure that the emissions are reduced to the extent that EcoDataCenter will have a negative carbon dioxide footprint over the course of a year. The electricity powering the data center comes solely from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower as well as secondary biofuels.

The first building of three will be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

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