World’s first climate positive data centre built in Sweden

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FaluEnergi&Vatten, in collaboration with EcoDC, is building an energy efficient data centre in the Falun town of Sweden.

The 23250m2 data centre, spread across three buildings, will source its required 18MW of power from energy sources including solar power, wind and biofuels.

Schneider Electric will supply technology to offer energy efficient solutions and products to the project.

In order to reduce its carbon footprint, EcoDataCenter will be connected to a local energy system, with excess heat from the servers and IT equipment to be supplied by the district heating system to keep the building warm.

While in summer, the excess steam from the local electricity plant will run the machines cooling the data centre.

FaluEnergi&Vatten CEO BengtGustafsson said, "The collaboration between the data centre 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.

"We are connecting the data centreto an already sustainable energy system and can make use of all the energy. Thereby we are building the very first climate positive data centre in the world."

EcoDataCenter have claimed that thay have attained the highest level of availability with ‘guaranteed uptime of 100%’ with security classification of Tier IV and PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of less than 1.15 (Tier IV design).

Schneider Electric Sweden country manager Marc Nezet said, "We live in an age when more and more people are concerned about the global data centreindustry’s environmental effects. Internet penetration and the Internet of Things don’t have to happen at the expense of the climate.

"IT security and performance is also increasingly critical for companies and organizations. EcoDataCenter is the show case for green data and shows that it is very profitable to think out of the box," Nezet added.

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