Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apple’s $950m Danish data centre’s excess heat returned to local community heating system

Hub in Foulum is quickly becoming a window into what the future of data centre infrastructure and its role in local communities will be.

Apple’s latest European venture is set to give humans much more than cloud power for the company’s products and services.

Following a growing industry trend, the iPhone maker is to use excess heat produced by its most recent data centre project to warm up homes and other buildings.

The company’s $950m data centre in Jutland, Denmark, will capture the mentioned excess heat and send it to the local heating system used to heat up the local community.

The idea is similar to some other currently being put into practice in Sweden and by Air France.

The 100% renewable powered data centre in Jutland is rapidly becoming a window into what the future of data centres will be: more community focused and environmentally conscious facilities.

Part of the project is a $3m investment into research around biogas and the transformation of waste material into energy to power the data centre. The research is being conducted with the University of Aarhus.

The basic idea is to use agricultural waste, pass it through a digester which will then convert the waste in methane ready to be used by Apple.

In addition, the digester is set to transform some of the waste into fertiliser, which Apple has vowed to give back to local farmers.

The 166,000 sqm data centre is expected to be brought online before the end of 2017.

Apple has recently been labelled by Greenpeace as one of the cleanest energy user companies in the world ahead of similar giants including Facebook and Google.